The management team is the backbone to any successful foodservice establishment. Effective communication between all members of management is key to smooth sailing in your everyday business operations. Planning regular meetings for the management team can help facilitate better communication and keep everyone on the same page.
However, without proper planning, your meeting may only spread confusion instead of clarity. The agenda may become consumed with unimportant topics or transform into a social hour between colleagues. Plus, ineffective meetings quickly consume your labor costs and pull staff from important tasks needed to run the operation.
Instead of muddling through your next meeting, use these four tips to plan effective meetings with your entire management team:
1. Proper Planning
Plan your meetings ahead of time and make attendance mandatory. Generally, these meeting times should last for 60-90 minutes to allow for proper discussion without burning out. Schedule a loose timeline for the meeting to help keep you on track.
2. Stay on Track
Create an agenda of topics to discuss in advance and stay on track during the meeting. If other topics organically come up, decide if the issues should be tackled immediately or if scheduling a future meeting would allow for better discussion.
3. Facilitate Communication
Make sure the general manager runs the meeting to set clear expectations at the beginning. However, plan time to allow all members of management to speak up and voice their opinions during the meeting.
4. Assign Actions
Before leaving the meeting, create specific goals for the establishment for the next meeting. Make sure everyone knows their specific responsibilities to help reach your next goal and keep your operation running smoothly.