I recently attended a meeting, and as everyone departed, I heard one of the participants say, “What did we accomplish in there?”
Another attendee replied, “I can’t remember anything.”
If this is how your company’s meetings are perceived, then you need to re-evaluate how your team is spending it’s time.
Is your company guilty of meeting instead of working?
Meetings with No Results
Meetings in most companies are broken.
There is no simpler was to say it. They are a waste of everyone’s time, and incur the company countless costs. (Salaries, lost productivity, missed opportunities, lowered morale … just to name a few.)
Many companies would be better off cancelling most of their meetings and letting their team get back to work.
Meetings are one of the biggest time wasters in corporate environments. In most companies, anyone can call a meeting about anything.
Wasted time abounds…
- Meetings called by individuals trying to look busy.
- Status calls organized by people who were avoiding doing their job.
- Even meetings because a manager was lonely. (True story… you can imagine how productive those gatherings were…)
In work environments like these, group gatherings become the norm, and work takes a second place to sitting in conference rooms.
Stop Meeting and Start Working
Before you lock yourself and others into yet another hour (or two) long meeting, ask yourself what the purpose of the meeting truly is. Make sure there is a known purpose and that is will produce tangible results.
What will be accomplished? Is it really necessary to meet? Would a phone call or email be a better option?
Instead of locking your co-workers in a conference room, let them get back to work and produce results.
Ensure you don’t waste your company’s most valuable resource: time.
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