Stand-up meetings are a daily or weekly 5 to 15 minute meeting where one team member speaks at a time while everyone stands. The purpose of standing is to encourage shorter, more efficient meetings on a regular basis. This helps to ensure everyone is working together, but isn’t wasting valuable time sitting in an hour-long meeting. Stand-up meetings have become a growing trend for productive teams around the world, but is it right for your team? From improving collaboration to strengthening communication, here are some of the benefits that come with stand-up meetings.
By conducting regular meetings, employees are able to discuss what they’re working on, where they’re struggling, and ask for advice and insight from other team members. Having the opportunity to hear from your colleagues will also allow you to see where projects could potentially overlap, where you can help someone struggling, and how each role in the team is integral to the overall success of the organization. Not only does this encourage collaboration within the team, but it also helps each member gain a new perspective.
Rather than meeting once a week or every two weeks, daily stand-up meetings allow you to recognize potential problems or roadblocks sooner and develop solutions in real-time with your team members. By speeding up this process, your team’s efficiency can improve and workflow can become a more seamless, organized process. Furthermore, by practicing problem solving regularly, you’ll build up your skill set so bigger roadblocks in the future can become less daunting.
Discussing projects with your team can help you understand each of your colleagues individual goals as well as the shared goals of the team as a whole. In doing so, you’ll have the opportunity to help others achieve their goals within the business while simultaneously boosting the success of the organization.
Make it Virtual
A benefit of stand-up meetings is that they can still be done virtually. On a video conference call, encourage everyone on the team to be standing for the call and remember to keep it productive but brief. This will help remote teams connect and build relationships despite the distance and ensure that everyone remains on the same page. Particularly when it comes to people working remotely, maintaining a regular course of communication is integral to making sure everyone is on the right track.
If these benefits seem appealing to you, try stand-up meetings with your own team!