As a business owner, you may be looking for new ways to get everybody in your office on the same page. Have you considered the benefits of a weekly breakfast meeting?
The key word here is “weekly.” This isn’t something you do every day of the week. Furthermore, it’s not something you want to do this week, forget about for a couple months, and then reintroduce. Stay consistent.
With all this in mind, you may be asking yourself the following: what are the benefits of a weekly breakfast meeting? This changes from one company to the next, but you should consider the following:
The opportunity to take on a variety of tasks. For example, you can use this time to get everybody up to speed on where the company stands. Or maybe you will simply use the meeting as a way for workers to become more familiar with one another.
Food makes everything more exciting. Let’s face it: when you serve breakfast, you won’t have to beg people to show up. They will be excited about taking part, as they know there is good food waiting for them.
Start the day on the right foot. Use this time to get everybody excited about the day to come.
There is a lot that goes into planning a weekly breakfast meeting. As a general rule of thumb, the more employees you have the more planning it takes. Here are three tips that can help you avoid common headaches:
- Don’t rush. Give yourself plenty of time to plan the first breakfast. This will ensure that every detail is in order, allowing the company to put its best foot forward the first time around. If the first breakfast is a disaster, employees won’t be excited the next week.
- Get help. This is not a one-man job. You may be in charge of planning the breakfast, but there are plenty of people who can pitch in. Have you asked for help around the office? Some employees may find this their niche to get involved at work doing something other than their daily tasks. Depending on the size of your company it may be a good idea to even look into
- Set goals. There is more to a productive weekly breakfast meeting than good food. You need to set goals, such as discussing a particular topic with everybody in attendance. The best way to stay on track is to create an agenda. If the goal is to get people to mingle, have activities that prompt interaction.
Food, Food, and More Food
The approach you take in regards to what you serve will be based on a variety of factors. Answer these questions:
- What is your budget for the meeting?
- Will you buy and serve the food yourself?
- Will you hire a catering company?
- Do you want to serve hot or cold food?
- Will you serve a full-blown breakfast, such as eggs and bacon, or other (simpler) items, such as muffins and donuts?
Don’t hesitate to experiment with your food offerings from week to week. Furthermore, ask for feedback from those in attendance. This will help ensure that you serve the right food in the future.
What do you Think?
If you have never planned a weekly breakfast meeting, now may be the time to change your ways. It takes a bit of planning and plenty of hard work, but the benefits to the company could make it well worth the time and money.