50% of employees participate in at least one to three hours of virtual meetings each week, and 80% of workers admit to being distracted during these meetings. Leaders must prioritize making virtual meetings engaging to ensure employees do not perceive their time as wasted and so they can see the value in each meeting.   

Here are five virtual meeting tips to keep employees engaged:  

Start with an icebreaker  

Icebreakers can be a fun way to get employees to socialize for a few minutes at the beginning of the meeting. These activities can vary from light-hearted “get to know you” questions to amusing “would you rather” scenarios.  

Here are some ice breaker questions to consider:  

  • What are the top three items on your bucket list?  
  • What is your comfort movie or TV show?  
  • What was your very first job?  
  • What is the best place you have traveled to?  

Use visuals  

In the realm of virtual meetings, the absence of face-to-face interaction can sometimes lead to a lack of engagement among team members. However, incorporating visuals can have a major impact on employee engagement.  

Leaders should share their screens with employees and present visuals that help demonstrate their ideas. Images can help simplify complex ideas and capture the attention of employees who may find it difficult to focus 

Keep it short  

The average attention span for employees is 10-18 minutes, so leaders should try to make their meetings as short as possible. When leaders plan their meeting agenda, they should focus on ways to condense the information. After starting with a quick icebreaker, leaders should focus on getting to the point of the meeting and try not to take up too much time from employees.  

Balance between listening and talking  

Instead of just talking at your employees for 45 minutes straight, try to make the meeting more of a conversation. Create open discussions and encourage employees to share feedback or any ideas they may have.  

When meetings are more of a conversation, it will help employees be more engaged and invested in what the meeting is about.  

Include breakout rooms 

Large virtual meetings can make it challenging for employees to feel comfortable sharing their ideas. Breakout rooms are a great way to tackle this issue because they can help employees feel more comfortable about sharing feedback and ideas.   

When creating breakout rooms, try to mix up employees and teams so that employees are constantly interacting with different coworkers.   

In today’s increasingly remote work environment, it is important for leaders to conduct engaging meetings. Consider using these tips to help encourage employee participation and enhance the engagement of virtual meetings.