• To make staff meetings more engaging before and during your meetings, it’s important that team members engage in genuine, fun, and meaningful ways.
  • Mixtroz can be used to to segment team members into different groups based on a series of questions, allowing personal connection to flourish 
  • Check out the rest of the article for other ways to increase employee engagement during staff meetings

Ever zoned out in a staff meeting because of the endless information being thrown at you? It’s probably because the meeting leader missed out on a key aspect of staff meetings: Community at work. In other words, staff meetings aren’t just a way to pass on information and keep team members in the know—they are also a way to foster community among peers.

To make staff meetings more engaging, you must allow team members to engage in genuine, fun, and meaningful ways.

Because the future of work is hybrid, this blog post offers a mix of in-person and online meeting engagement ideas. With a few adjustments, each of these ideas could be translated to an in-person or online space. 

The Best Ways to Increase Employee Engagement

There are plentiful studies on the importance of belonging throughout different stages of our lives. The same goes for our workplace—we experience belonging through genuine human connections and a sense of contribution to the greater good of the community.

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With that said, here are five of the best ways to increase employee engagement during meetings. Some are fun, and others let attendees flex their knowledge muscles:

1. Break Groups into Intentional Segments

We’ve all had to answer icebreaker questions that seem flat or forced. With the right peer-to-peer connection tool, you can have your team members answer a handful of questions that foster engagement. From that data, the tool segments your team members into: 

  • Groups based on similar interests.
  • Groups based on different interests.

The latter allows team members to learn about someone who might not have the same background as themselves! 

This activity is a great way to kick off either an in-person or online meeting. It gives team members a chance to connect on a human level before getting into the nitty-gritty. 

2. Use Freeze! or Word of the Day

You know how when someone’s internet goes out on a Zoom call, they freeze? 

Although this can be frustrating, you can turn it into a game in which the speaker pretends to freeze, and if someone says something like, “looks like John’s frozen,” they get a “fooled-ya” point. Keep a tally, and whoever has the most points at the end of the quarter must send everyone on the team a treat.

If you have an in-person group, try another game to keep your team’s attention. For instance, have the team leader choose a word of the day and tell the team the word. Without telling anyone how many times the leader plans to say it, see if the team can tally up the right number. This will keep people engaged and likely cause some laughs.

3. Play Tuned-In or Troll

These two are more specific to online meetings, but they also help ensure engagement throughout the meeting.

For Tuned-In, have all your team members make a sign that says “Tuned-In.” When the team leader feels a lull in attention, they will hold their sign up. This will prompt the team members to hold their signs up. The last person to hold a sign up has to answer a few questions from the rest of the team.

For Troll, use a toy troll (or any item that resonates with your team) and circulate the toy to different team members each month. Have the team member move it to different parts of the room before or during the meeting and see who can spot the change. 

4. Have a Show-and-Tell

This game isn’t just for kids—adults also love to show off stuff that’s meaningful to them! Plus, it allows them to showcase their personalities and work on their presentation skills in a genuine, fun way. Who knows, maybe someone brings in a Walkman, and someone else can share in the nostalgia of good music from their early years.

5. Let People Take Ownership

Although this one isn’t a game, it’s important to remember that you can improve meeting engagement by letting everyone take on specific sections of the meeting. Studies show that employees who feel valued have better morale and performance.

Creating community isn’t just about socializing and having fun. It’s also about contributing to the team’s bigger picture. Be sure everyone has their hands in making the team the best it can be. 

Create Community at Work with Mixtroz 

When it comes to creating community and meaningful peer-to-peer discussion, Mixtroz provides many benefits:

  • You can use the platform to segment team members into different groups based on a series of questions, allowing personal connections to flourish.
  • You can learn more about your team members and what they prefer as a means for engagement by collecting feedback through the platform. 

Ready to take your team’s community connection to the next level? Download our guide, Engineering Meaningful Peer-to-Peer Discussion at Your Next Corporate Event

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