- Attending any meeting is completely voluntary: In other words, we can’t force anyone to attend a meeting— whether it’s called by a co-owner, a company leader, or anyone else for that matter. The benefit of this is that colleagues have the option to attend meetings that they truly see value in. More, those who call the meetings get immediate feedback on what people are willing to spend their time listening to and attending.
- Leaders, not managers: With no management, there is definitely less fear of saying what one feels, expressing issues or concerns, etc. In a traditional structure, where meetings are often held by direct managers, it can be intimidating to voice one’s opinion or to point out perceived flaws in plans. After all, who wants to piss off the boss? By eliminating the hierarchy, we’ve found that it’s much easier for our colleagues to speak up and be vocal about what is and isn’t working.
In most traditional organizations, discussions often take place in a more formalized setting. One-on-ones, review sessions, team meetings, etc. These are usually led by managers in an effort to communicate any important news, changes that may be coming, project updates, or to discuss personal goals and achievements. Here at the Hive we certainly have optional one-on-ones with colleagues, as well as team meetings and project update discussions. The difference? Here at the Hive, we tend to take a more “open forum” approach to our group conversations and decision making— a bit of a shift from the traditional manager-team or manager-employee meeting format for a number of reasons: