Meeting Info App: what is it? what does it do? where might it go?

In the past weeks we’ve been listening to out network about the impact of woking remotely.

An issue that kept coming up was that team managers and HR felt they had reduced visibility on how this Work from Home switch impacted employees.

While many used survey tools to get some kind of a pulse, from conversations another theme started to emerge:

The default action to combat reduced visibility, was to increase meeting frequency, which, they all agreed, was well intentioned but not healthy in the long run.

So that lead us to explore a question that piqued our interest: If online meetings are increasing, how can meeting (log) data help increase visibility re: team and individual wellbeing?

So we triaged three key issues to increase visibility for:

  • Are our remote teams collaborating enough (or too much)?
  • What is the level of connectedness within and between teams?
  • Who is showing possible signs of isolation or lower wellbeing in general?

And that is what the MVP of will do for both individual team manager and HR/C-Suite leaders.

To get started two steps are required:

  1. Sign up to receive your personalised dashboard.
  2. Ask your IT Admin (managing licences of video platforms used internally) to approve Meeting Info App.

Once that is done, you’ll get historic and new insights on how your team(s) deal with the current work-situation. Based on non-verbal meeting log data.

Want to see what the situation is like for your team? Sign up for a free trial.

Now, I’d like to share how we view the role of data.

Us humans hate uncertainty and helplessness, so it comes as no surprise that many analytics tools focus on two key features:

  • Having/creating huge data sets, to transfer onto users a sense of certainty, by (over)sharing fact after fact after fact.
  • Providing “actionable nudges or prompts” to help you do something with those massive data sets.

We see the value of data in clarification, not instruction.

However tempting it seems to look at data for answers, its superpower lies in being an aid, mirror or reality check to our thought process.

Most of us know what we need to do. Why we don’t do it, often has little to do with knowledge and more with not being able to see the issue for what it is.

And that is how Meeting Info helps.

Reflecting back what is actually happening.

Based on internal meeting behaviour.

Then we trust that you can figure out if and how to best approach the situation. Because you get the team dynamic & relationships. You know your organisation’s culture and guidelines. You don’t need outside handholding.

That is what the current version will do. Help clarify three issues:

  • Are our remote teams collaborating enough (or too much)?
  • What is the level of connectedness within and between teams?
  • Who is showing possible signs of isolation or lower wellbeing in general?

Do these issues concern you as well? See what your data reflects, by signing up for a free trial.

Look ahead: more internal meetings + adding external meetings.

Now, Meeting Info is focused on the clear and present urgency for more insight on how people are adjusting to working with their teammates remotely.

The next versions will deepen this issue and also explore new issues as companies move offline again and more business processes get re-activated.

For a sense of direction, Mary Meeker recently released a new trends report surrounding Covid-19. In it she highlights concerns that organisations have regarding large scale remote working and beyond:

  • Ensure creativity is captured and productivity is maintained (figuring out ways to better capture maker schedule vs manager schedule)
  • Determine which teams are optimized by working together in-person all the time / some of the time / rarely
  • Maintain engagement and culture(s), recruit / train / develop / retain people, and manage human resources
  • Think about recruiting if physical proximity to headquarters / office is less relevant

These are some of the themes that we aim to address in next, based on your priorities as organisations start to ramp up.

We are excited to be of service and look forward to you joining us on this journey as you use

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