Why We Should Have Face-to-Face Meetings

In the workplace, we tend to rely on written words for our interpersonal communication.  We regularly do this in reports, memos, and emails because they are efficient ways to communicate.  But something gets lost when we don’t have face-to-face meetings.

While talking face-to-face may not always be possible, it should be encouraged as much as possible.  Here’s why it is important to create opportunities for face-to-face meetings among the team.


1. The Utility of Meetings


In our quest for efficiency, business leaders have shunned having meetings for a myriad of reasons.

  • They are time wasters.
  • They get off topic.
  • Nothing gets done.

And the list goes on.  I suggest that meetings are not the cause of these problems but the solutions to these problems—if they are structured properly.

Patrick Lencioni in his book The Advantage suggests that you meet with your executive team every morning for no more than ten minutes—without sitting down.  Share administrative details that everyone should know.  Over time, you will foster healthy face-to-face interaction and build your team.


2. The Importance of Meetings


Consider how much time is wasted at your company because of misunderstandings.  Many misunderstandings could be cleared up through routine meetings.  On a daily basis.

When people are not spending time with each other, they can assume the worst of each other.  Misunderstandings and misinterpretations could be avoided if people would see each other and be able to talk face-to-face.

Many problems could be solved if people actually talked to each other at a regular forum to meet face-to-face.  If we aren’t face-to-face, then we don’t see eye-to-eye.


3. The Value of Meetings


Meetings serve a useful purpose in creating culture at an organization—if they are run properly, intentionally and consistently.  Management must put thought into how these gatherings can continue to support that narrative every time they come together.

People crave human interaction.  We are relational beings.  It defies reason to suggest that a business would not have their team meet on a regular basis.  The company’s employees are indeed the most valuable component of the business.  By bringing people together on a regular basis, company leadership can accentuate the importance of the team.

Meetings are for more than dispensing data.  They are forums for sharing the human experience with others who we spend the majority of our waking hours with.  That’s why it’s important to emphasize face-to-face meetings in the workplace.


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