Creating Great Teams – Destroying Terrible Meetings: Final Thoughts
Posted on May 24, 2019
We are burning ourselves out at alarming rates.
There are aspects of our jobs that will not change. We’ll continue to struggle with funding, the emotional intensity of working with populations with complex and compound trauma, lack of resources, too little time, audits, paperwork, etc., etc., etc. However, we must identify and change practices that frustrate us and don’t produce results.
It makes zero sense that places for healing and wellness and those who serve as healers, mentors, and teachers experience high levels of social dysfunction and cognitive/emotion exhaustion. Meeting and poor team dynamics are far from our only struggles, but they are things, with a little effort we can address and improve.
Meetings are expensive things when you start adding up all the staff time spent and the cost of salaries. It doesn’t take much time or energy to create norms, agendas, decision making structures, and other practices that improve meeting productivity. Team dynamics take a little more time to develop and improve, however; an effective and supportive team is one of the best ways to prevent burnout, promote strong outcomes, and ensure financial health.
A little work goes a long way in improving morale and increasing productivity.