Why are daily huddles so important to team morale?

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Daily Huddle.

So, how’s your Daily Huddle meeting going?

Whether it’s in-person or virtual, many organisations state that it can become stale, and many leaders wonder why they do it in the first place.

Sometimes the benefits of Daily Huddles are underestimated, and in this article, I share my hints and tips as to how to maximise 10 minutes to get your team feeling engaged, motivated and updated.

6 Benefits of the
Daily Huddle Meeting.

The next time you feel like it’s an inconvenient interruption or someone tells you they’re too busy to huddle, keep these benefits of the morning huddle in mind.

# 1 - Reduced Interuptions

Being available at a certain time and place every day for 10 minutes with the team can eliminate multiple interruptions throughout your day.

Why would you want four people calling you or messaging you online?

#2 - Streamlined Communication

Instead of repeating the same story six times to six different people, you know you’ll have the attention of the whole team at least every 24 hours.

Sure, you can accomplish the same with an email, but some things need to be communicated in person. Do it in the huddle and you’ll know that everyone heard the same thing, the same way, at the same time.

# 3 - Correct Misinformation

Your instructions to your team were crystal clear… to you. Everyone nodded and got right to work. But so many times, different people interpret things differently.

Every time a team member shares their priorities for the day, you have an opportunity to understand better the details of what they’re doing. This frequent check-in will help you catch misunderstandings much quicker.

#4 - Reduced Rework

How many times have you received one last piece of information after you finished a project that caused you to have to redo your work?

Knowing what your teammates are working on and when it becomes their top priority causes the whole team to reflect on any information or resource they have that could be helpful to that person. This greatly reduces the chances the information will be received after the project is finished.

# 5 - Increase Momentum

Sharing victories from the previous day may seem a little “rah-rah” to some, but never underestimate the power of one piece of good news.

Hearing victories, however minor, from teammates can go a long way in lifting the spirits of someone who may be struggling or worried. Please don’t skip this important part of the agenda.

#6 - Increased Team Health

It’s easy for people to become so focused on their one piece of the puzzle that they forget they’re part of something bigger. Without the Daily Huddle, certain teammates could go a whole week or even longer without seeing each other.

The Daily Huddle keeps the team connected. And no matter how brief the interaction may be, this frequency of face time (or voice time for virtual teams) goes a long way toward maintaining healthy team dynamics.

Just 10 Minutes Per Day!

The Daily Huddle is designed to increase speed and alignment for the whole company. It’s a 10-minute investment that yields a huge ROP (Return on Payroll). And if anyone tells you they’re too busy to huddle, you know you need to huddle more than ever. Keep the meeting short – these daily meetings should never last more than 15 minutes, as the team leader you need to keep it short and sweet. Trust me, the faster things are moving and changing in your company, the more valuable the benefits of team huddles for your organization. So be strong and huddle on and call me to chat further.

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