We’ve all sat in those meetings. You know, the ones that take place at the last minute and go on for hours without an end in sight, and without food in sight. However, we still need meetings. Right?
Forbes notes that even before you hit the send button calling for a meeting and putting a damper on staff members’ day, you must establish why you need a meeting. A good rule of thumb is if what you have to say can be stated in an email, then ditch the meeting. Otherwise, consider the precise purpose of the meeting and who needs to attend. According to Harvard Business Review, the major types of meetings include the following:
Meetings, virtual and in-person, are as inevitable as family gatherings around the holidays with crazy Uncle Saul. We may always get a feeling of dread in our stomachs at the prospect, but what can we do to make the meetings as bearable and as effective as possible?
According to Project Management Hacks, the average American employee attends at least 60 meetings per month. If meetings are such a crucial part of the workplace, then we, unfortunately, cannot fight them or flee from them. However, it is not unreasonable for us to expect them to not crush our spirits, or our time.
About the Author: Jennifer Schaupp once sat in an idea-generating meeting that lasted 6 hours. She was at least grateful for the free salad for lunch. She writes for New Place Collaborations.