Q: I work in an office with 4 other people. My boss rarely has us meet, and usually when we do meet it is about every 6 months and it usually has something to do with what we are doing wrong. How often should we meet as a team and as individuals?
A: Sounds like a tough spot you are in; good teams have regular dialogue every day, so the need for a sit-down meeting may not be very necessary. However, since it sounds like when you do have a meeting it is to point out flaws, perhaps you may want to suggest to your boss that your team should meet more regularly so it doesn’t feel that way.
Very often, meetings are ineffective because they have no agenda or because they focus on the negative. Look at the reasons why you want to meet more often with everyone, and see if there is something you can do to get together without the boss, and then share the meeting results with him.