We do not learn well when we are uncomfortable. Have you ever found yourself sitting in an uncomfortable chair in an uncomfortable room listening to someone prattle on and thinking about how engaging they are and how much you are taking away from the exchange? Of course you haven’t. No one has, because that simply does not happen. In order for a meeting to be an effective exchange of ideas that is conducive to learning, teamwork and inspiring employees, it needs to take place in a comfortable setting that will allow employees to get inspired and think big instead of being stuck in the same old box they see day after day.
When I think about places that I would really love to have meetings, I like to think outside the box. Sitting in the office courtyard with a cup of tea and a pen and paper to jot down notes is exactly the kind of meeting I would find fun and invigorating. Equally, sitting in a comfortable chair in a well decorated, brightly lit and colorful room that keeps my mind stimulated is exactly the kind of atmosphere I would love to see at a meeting. I simply feel that it is impossible for people to work effectively when meetings are held in boring, inferior spaces.
For professionals who want their employees to start performing to capacity, thinking outside the box, working together as a team, and getting inspired with new thoughts and ideas, taking them outside the box and encouraging happy and comfortable meetings is the first step to invigorating employees’ sense of purpose and enthusiasm for their job. No one can stay enthusiastic for long about meetings that are drab and drag on for hours with no color or liveliness. A happy meeting where a friendly, down to earth dialogue is being exchanged makes employees feel like their opinions are valuable and should be heard.
Happy employees mean a happy and productive business, and happy employees are created when those employees are stimulated with the use of alternative business methods and meeting styles that get their mental juices flowing and create an environment that is fun and exciting. Creating enthusiasm about jobs is not as hard as it might seem. The simple act of taking a meeting outside, creating an ambient meeting room, or just switching up the standard routine can have employees ready and eager to work to their full potential.