10 Things Your Probably Did Better During Social Distancing: 8 – Being intentional about who attends

During the Covid19 Lockdown businesses have all had to change and adapt to accommodate social distancing. It has been a stressful and distressing time. People have been under enormous pressure, and things which we previously took for granted suddenly had to stop completely. As the lockdown eased many of the businesses we work with are starting to look at how to return to a new normal. This is a great time to reflect, and before you revert back to exactly how you used to work, there are some things which many business leaders may have done BETTER during lockdown.

This short blog series aims to get you thinking about what social distancing adaptations you might want to keep for the longer term. Some of these may be things which you were great at before, but some might be changes that you’ve noticed, and which you want to take action to preserve.


8. Being intentional about who attends

Faced with a sea of faces over video link it becomes obvious who is contributing and who isn’t. This provides two main advantages. Firstly, you can reflect and take action where you have team members who don’t or can’t contribute to some conversations. This may be a support need that you can address. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, this can be a trigger to reconsider who needs to be in each meeting and move away from assumptions about seniority, length of service, perceived power or territory and focus meetings on who needs to be there in order to drive the required action.

Oh, and business leaders who know you meddle too much… do you really need to attend the meeting, or would it be a better use of everyone’s time if you simply got a report back on what has been decided?


When change is forced upon us, it can be hard to separate the positive from the negative and the necessary. It can be useful to take a moment and work out whether you have made changes which were necessary, but which should now be kept even when the initial impetus has gone.

What lockdown behaviours are you going to keep?


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