Town hall meetings are a way for a company’s management to meet and connect with their employees. Company town hall meetings tend to be hosted by a member of upper management and are attended by all employees either in a large meeting space or conference hall or via virtual platforms like Zoom.
Town hall meetings have three primary purposes:
Align the company to the same goals
Close the gap between management and employees
Build corporate culture
While people often use the two terms interchangeably, a town hall meeting is more of a question-and-answer-based affair. In contrast, all-hands meetings are generally more focused on conveying a message and making a key presentation.
Town hall meetings usually follow a strict plan that looks something like this:
State of the Company presentation.
Address results of a poll sent before the meeting.
Features/initiatives in focus.
Minutes shared and post-mortem.
Zoom and video calls are becoming the norm thanks to the increase in remote working. Using these platforms for town hall meetings has been commonplace for a while now. Sometimes it’s simply not possible for everyone to be in the same place at once, so hosting a virtual town hall offers a way to involve everyone without the need to travel.