Turns out the best time of day to take a break from work is not in the afternoon but earlier in the morning, specifically around 11 a.m. Inc. is reporting on a new research study from Baylor University that shows afternoon breaks are less effective than mid-morning breathers. Brian Scudamore, founder and CEO of O2E Brands, agrees, and recommends that everyone get up out of their desk at 10:55 a.m. each morning and gather for a seven-minute standing-group huddle.
For the past 15 years, his company has practiced a morning huddle; Scudamore swears that the timed daily huddle "has been absolutely key to helping our company scale to $150 million-plus in revenue. It's so critical that I recommend it for every business or organization.”
Other benefits of the morning huddle? It eliminates long hours in unproductive meetings, cuts back on email, builds company culture, and keeps employees focused on key metrics and goals. During the quick meeting, anyone can volunteer to share a piece of good news, strategic directions, updates and challenges, and important metrics. The huddle ends with a unique group cheer. It seems like an interesting practice and I would be curious to experience it in person.
To learn more about effective meeting planning read Fewer, Shorter, Better Meetings.
What do you think about the morning huddle concept?