The point of huddles is to communicate things to the team about upcoming events, results from surveys/metrics that point out where areas need improvement, etc.
Making each person offer reconizition is pointless though. I already know what I did yesterday. Just cos I jump in and help out with other work centers on the fly through the day if they need it doesn't mean you need to point it out to everyone. I just want to do my job and my coworkers shouldn't feel compelled to mention I did my job and give fake praise for it.
There are table talkers, notices posted on boards in TM area, etc. I like the idea of huddles in theory, but its such a waste of time. It should be short, simple and to point -- team swarms and does whatever for 10 mins instead of bsing. I'm biased because it really helps to have 25 pairs of eyes shortdating and checking Consumeables for outdates on freshness Friday.
So I don't mind helping electronics out during huddle to zone to pog the audio CDs/movies aisles. Quid pro quo.
Everything I need is on workbench and it's redundant to hear it repeated 5 times by 5 different tls/etls at huddle. I got **** to do people.
Sit around and eat stuff for 30 minutes!?!? Your store has awesome huddles! We just kinda stand there while the LOD talks about the budget/goal, upcoming store stuff, and people give recognition for a few minutes. We barely ever have huddles anymore. I think they're kinda pointless anyway. They could easily put all that stuff on a white board or something.
Our cashiers get tons of "breaks". They just kinda stand there when there are no lines, usually. They've started folding shirts in the front of softlines lately, though.
we have an early morning/flow huddle, morning huddle, food huddle, and evening huddle EVERY SINGLE DAY. (well sometimes randomly if we're suppose busy right at 6pm and it stays busy we'll skip that huddle but it's pretty rare. And we have a cashier huddle m-f right after the evening huddle where the salesfloor takes over for a cashier so they can all come.
My store holds 3 a day (flow if its a truck day, morning, and evening). Only 1 or 2 of the morning huddles are actually "smart" huddles with PTMing or Freshness. The rest are 10-20 minutes of boring talking. We follow up two of the weekday huddles with FDC push which takes anywhere between 30 to 90 minutes.
My store has at least two huddles every day. Every morning when store opens up by the lanes so the opening cashiers can be there as well and then again around 6 PM in the TSC or sometimes in seasonal if it's looking pretty bad (we'll spend 10-15 minutes doing a quick zone so our seasonal department stays in good shape). We usually get Starbucks treats and converse about store goals, training topics, any upcoming volunteer events or Vibe moments. Afterwards salesfloor team goes up to cover for cashier huddle which doesn't ALWAYS happen but 98% of the time it does.
Although the majority of the topics discussed are usually the same day after day I still think it's important to let everyone know whats going on and what to look out for. Sure it's unnecessary for those of us who work almost every day to hear the same repetative things but since a bunch of our team only works 1 or 2 days a week it's not always recycled material.
I understand the intended point of Smart Huddles. But with the rise of the TM Alignment and the Vibe communication, I don't really push the recognition and communication part of the Huddle. I had a very wise veteran ETL suggest 2 minutes max for the talking points and only if it was something major. Recognition should be done through GTCs and over immediately over the hip PA systems. 99% of store communication should be getting to the TM through the weekly Vibe chat sessions. Most of the time, my team skips the store's huddle and we have our own which is far more efficient and effective for connecting the Vibe dots.
But I do agree with the "Smart" part of the huddle where we complete a task as a store team. Some things just get done more efficiently with the whole team involved.
It also always bugs me to pool our entire team in one area which means they aren't spread out on the floor helping Guest or watching for AP victims. I like the idea of each team or work center doing their own when convenient as the communication is more effective.
Sometimes when I see the entire store team huddled together, my old Drill SGT's voice comes back reminding me of how effective 1 grenade or mortar round can be when stupid privates get too close together to BS like chicken heads in a hen house. PTSD?
we have an evening salesfloor huddle pretty much everyday, but as for early mornings, they will never do it because flow is always behind, they pretty much only do it if our STL is their in the early morning, and if any top HR people are there.
we used to do smart huddles but they stopped it idk why but me and the backroom NEVER partook in that.