Does your organisation run an Employee Forum?
If you've ever had any involvement in an employee forum, either as a representative or as an employee, you may recognise them as highly efficient, well organised machines of communication which can drive employee engagement, raise creativity and improve implementation and management of change, or as ineffective, ill-structured, lengthy meetings.
Or perhaps something in between?
Run well, they can be a highly effective way to cascade information up and down through the organisation.
When run ineffectively, they can lead to frustration and miscommunication.
Here are 3 tips to ensure your forum meetings run like a well-oiled machine:
- Appoint Wisely - select employees who have good people skills, are articulate and have no personal agenda
- Ensure Clarity around Roles and Responsibilities - because it is essential that representatives gather and share information in an efficient and timely manner
- Upskill as Required - your forum representatives may benefit from training on listening, communicating or influencing skills in order to fulfil the role to the best of their ability
The effectiveness of an Employee Forum meeting is almost wholly dependent on the skills of just a small, select group of people within your organisation, so it's essential that the above points are taken into account.
Click here to read about our 'How to run Effective Employee Forums' training.
More and more organisations are taking advantage of our 'How to run Effective Employee Forums' training and noticing the benefits. A national charity with headquarters in London recently commented:
"I was particularly impressed by Jo's ability as a trainer in picking up the culture of the organisation and knowing the communication style necessary for the group. It felt like Jo worked at our organisation! It was great. Big thank you to her and her work"
Meanwhile, we also worked with another charity, Alabare, to meet their Employee Forum objectives.
If you'd like to discuss Employee Forum training for your team, we'd love to talk to you.
The Crisp Team
01392 409 198