Regional Branch No. 02
June 17, 2020
RCMB2 BENEFITS FROM TEAM MEETINGS IN COVID-19
Tuguegarao City. The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch No. 2 (RCMB2) appreciated the importance of team meetings making the branch feeling energized, valued and connected to each other even in the midst of the Corona Virus Disease – 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
To reinforce the importance of teamwork, the branch uses team meetings to foster understanding and appreciation between the head of office and the staff members. They underlined that their combined skills create successful outcomes and team meetings are a great way to build supportive relationships within the organization.
Consistent at holding team meetings, RCMB2 director Gil G. Caragayan said that no amount of technological device can replace the intimacy and intangibility of a face-to-face meeting with the staff. Caragayan stressed that it’s important to schedule a specific time within the workweek or as often as the need arises.
“Team meetings are a chance to update everyone on what’s happening. Telling your staff what’s going on is a good way to make them feel respected and valued,” expressed administrative officer Noel B. Caliguiran.
In light of the new normal brought by the COVID-19, team meetings in the branch are regarded as opportunities to offer, solutions and new approaches to work. The branch utilizes the scheduled meetings for open discussion of future plans and goals of the office. It also creates a space where motivations, issues and things to look forward to are expressed by the staff. “Everyone is encouraged to speak up and ask questions about what are being discussed and make clear that even if there are disagreements, everybody’s contributions are appreciated,” said Caragayan.
As opposed to a top-down approach, the branch takes a team approach where the staff members can talk business in a more casual environment allowing them to feel comfortable to share their ideas and opinions. “As the main point of contact for our labor and management clients, we need to understand that the staff must feel part of the team who have their clients’ interests and needs at the forefront of every action they do,” pointed out senior labor and employment officer Olisen L. Dizon.
Director Caragayan made sure that every team meeting informs, guides and inspires the staff to be effective without forgetting to highlight what they are doing well and make them feel appreciated.
-MINDA B. TUNGPALAN