What Business Meetings Say about your Company Culture

September 27th, 2013 by admin

The type of business meetings you hold speaks greatly about your company culture. Actions speak louder than words. There is a lot of truth in this saying, especially when you apply it to the business world.

Speech is one of the easiest ways you can tell what someone actually thinks about something, but did you know that the way you hold your meetings can tell a whole different story about your company culture? To learn what your meetings say about your company culture, look no further than the following blog:

Company Culture: What your Meetings Say

Fewer People Present

A company that is extremely time conscious and goal-oriented will always to opt to have only the people relevant to the meeting’s topic in attendance. Who will you find here? These people are the delegated decision makers.  Most often, you will find fewer people in these company meetings. After all, fewer people present, means less time spent discussing decisions. This isn’t to say that important decisions will be made hurriedly, though.

The people present should be thought leaders, expressing ideas on behalf of those not present. Discussing more ideas does not make a company succeed. However, implementing ideas will. Once the ideas are discussed and decisions are made, they can be put into action.

Punctuality

When does your company meeting start? The way your employees attend meetings is very telling about your company culture. In this situation, two cultures can be assessed: monochronic and polychronic.

In a monochronic company culture, time is valued a lot more than people. Time, in this case, is organized sequentially. Schedules have to be followed strictly and deadlines met without question. In this company culture, a meeting’s proceedings will start regardless of who is and is not in attendance.

The polychronic company culture is quite different in that time is organized horizontally. People do different things at the same time. Relationships are valued more than schedules. Punctuality is not nearly as pressing, although it is still an important consideration.

Attitude about Company Culture

It does not matter what attitude you hold toward meetings. The fact of the matter is that, as an employee, you have to attend them and, hopefully, make sense out of them.

At places of business where the company morale is high, employees try to make sense of how what is being said in a meeting will impact everyday activities and the future of the company.

Listening Results in Good Company Culture

Listening to your team members is crucial to the success of your business. Meetings do not always have to be about time management, company policy, and other things on the executive agenda. Sometimes, it can be helpful to hand the podium over to the company employees.

Given the opportunity, employees can test what they feel is important in their experiences as members of the organization during these sense-making meetings. A business’ ability to both speak and be spoken to during meetings is very suggestive as to what type of company culture your business has.

Improve Company Culture Today

Is your business time-oriented? Do you make time to both speak and listen to your employees? Discovering what your meetings say about your company can help you learn what you are doing right and what areas may need improvement.

Unitel, Inc. is dedicated to helping businesses everywhere improve their day-to-day operations, and assessing your company culture is a good place to start.

To learn how our services can help contribute to a better company culture, call us at (508) 580-2500 today.

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