It might be hard to justify lost production every day to meet with your entire crew for thirty minutes, but how much time is wasted if you don’t have a crew meeting? It will take them five minutes to think through what they were doing the day before, five minutes to think about what tools they need, another five minutes to talk to other workers to see whom they will be working with. Another fifteen minutes to walk to the area drop off tools walk to the office wait in line to ask the supervisor any information he needs for the day. As well as fifteen minutes to relay information to the other crewmembers, half of which will get lost in translation, so let's add ten minutes to refresh that information. Morning crew meetings, when done properly, will not only help the supervisor get organized, but help the crew plan their work where they can be efficient. Simple things like getting tools and equipment in one shot can save 15 minutes, and if everyone on the crew understands the directive and goals for the day, can help to eliminate delays, confusion and frustration that associated with poor planning. To have an effective morning meeting try the five "D's".
Morning crew meeting provide a perfect platform for a successful day when done properly. How you convey your message will decide how they perform! For example, if you use I in all your sentences then it will be YOU trying to get everyone to perform. If you use the word WE, then it becomes a TEAM pushing together to achieve the goals. Don't waste a prime opportunity to motivate, communicate and collaborate that a quick daily crew meeting offers.
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