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    5 tips to effective, efficient staff meetings

    New York—Not starting meetings on time and waiting for late staff sends the message that on-time people’s time is not important, says Anthony Record, LDO, FNAO, ABO, of Tampa, FL at Vison Expo East.

    Current habits, meeting structure, nervousness, engagement, and meeting alternatives should be evaluated to determine the effectiveness of your staff meetings, says Record. Once current meeting habits are evaluated, then you can make adjustments to make your meetings more effective.

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    Assessing current habits

    Record says to first assess your current meeting habits by asking yourself the following:

    • I look forward to conducting team meetings

    • Staff members seem to look forward to team meetings

    • Employees are given a meeting agenda a few days in advance

    • Most of the time the agenda is adhered to without deviation

    • Our staff meetings always start on time

    • Our staff meetings usually end on time—sometimes early

    • Employees would describe our meetings as positive and productive

    • No employees ever interrupt or disrupt our team meetings

    • The practice manager, owners, and principal doctors usually attend our staff meetings

    • If I had to, I could describe at least three great improvements or achievements that came out of a meeting last year

    Related: Managing your employees’ social media use

    If you are leaving questions unanswered during meetings, it may be time to assess your current meeting habits. Based on how you assess your current meeting habits, there are three keys to an effective staff meeting, says Record.

    “The criteria for an effective staff meeting is planning, execution, and follow-up,” says Record. “Meetings that aren’t productive cost you time and energy.”

    Giovanni Castelli
    Giovanni Castelli is the content specialist for Optometry Times. He is a 2014 graduate of Cleveland State University with a degree in ...


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