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All Hands on Deck and Engaged

Uniquely combining the collective wisdom of every employee with leadership to answer questions, the all-hands is the engine of organizational communications and culture.

Crowdsource the genius of your people with highly interactive All-Hands Meetings

Centuries ago, sailors hewed to the idea that, on a ship, you used one hand for yourself and one hand for the ship. A “hand” gradually came to refer not just to the hands of the sailors doing the work, but to the sailors themselves. “Shout,” someone might call out, “and we will send another hand” – that is, another sailor.

When someone shouts “All hands on deck!”, it means everyone is needed, and there are crucial communications from the captain and other leaders to the crew. But the all-hands also lets the crew, or staff, ask questions of the leadership. Modern business uses the all-hands meeting in much the same way: for efficient, critical communications between leaders and team members.

The all-hands is arguably the second-most important meeting you can have, after your leadership meeting.

Why are All-Hands Meetings so Uniquely Powerful?

  • Keep stakeholders well informed
  • Keep everyone strategically aligned
  • Respect workers by listening and being transparent
  • Collaborate and innovate better as a group
  • Cultivate a sense of belonging and camaraderie
  • Connect, engage, and respect remote workers

All-hands meetings are made up of two interdependent groups playing out important functions:

Leaders who have information to communicate efficiently and effectively.
A diversity of people who are closest to the work and the customer. They collectively have more insightful questions, ideas, and opinions than the leaders alone.

MeetingPulse helps share your agenda

While leaders may wish to communicate many different types of information in an all-hands, some items on the agenda remain consistent:

• Changes to company strategy and goals
• Critical milestones and metrics
• Upcoming products or events
• New hires
• Successes and employee recognition, or what went well and why
• What went wrong and how to adjust
• Q&A session

MeetingPulse offers a uniquely comprehensive suite of solutions for the key goals of your All-Hands meetings.

The All-Hands Meeting: Key Goals and Solutions

Conventional Ideation and Brainstorming


MeetingPulse Ideation and Brainstorming

Convey leadership’s preparedness and competence.

Give leaders more time to research and prepare responses by collecting questions in advance. Just send out a MeetingPulse Q&A to solicit employees’ questions (and votes on which are important) before the meeting.

Leaders can review questions ahead of time and better understand the workforce’s needs.

Generate a complete and relevant agenda to win maximum buy-in from attendees.

Crowdsource your agenda ahead of time by sending a MeetingPulse Agenda to all the hands in your organization, or to selected leaders.

Provide guidance on meeting etiquette and expectations, like policies on cameras being on, how to ask questions, and more, as well as presentations and bios.

Use MeetingPulse Materials to provide web pages, PDFs, or links inside the meeting.



MeetingPulse solution to use

Make access to the meeting easy for greater attendance - in-person, virtually, or a hybrid of both.

Let team members join via any device, with no apps required, or integrate the MeetingPulse All-hands with your favorite tools – Zoom, Webex, MS Teams, PowerPoint.

Make it easy for people to ask their questions.

Invite participants to a MeetingPulse Q&A during the meeting – one that doesn’t require standing in line or hand-raising to ask a question. Learn more

Efficiently crowdsource ideas for improvements.

Bring participants into an Idea Brainstorming session.

Ensure people feel safe asking questions and proposing ideas – so you get more and better questions and ideas from more people.

Give attendees a choice of asking questions or proposing ideas anonymously, so that no questions or insights are lost to the inevitable human anxieties. Learn more on Pyschological Safety