THIS IS A STORY ABOUT NOT RESPECTING OTHER PEOPLE’S TIME.
You know it’s a great sign of productivity when you spend more time in your conference room than at your desk working.
Though you may never confront those whose lunches you’re eating, you’re helping them manage their weight! That means you’re kind of like their nutritionist. You should let them know who you are. Maybe they’ve been meaning to thank their mystery helper.
Some employees may complain that too many meetings interfere with their “workload”. Translation: “I’m lazy and I don’t feel like getting out of my chair.”
Just like second-hand smoke and nuclear radiation, employees need a daily dose of meetings to stay healthy, focused and happy.
Warning: Without those meetings to discuss meetings, you run the risk of decreasing the frequency of meetings which could result in fewer meetings. Prolonged neglect of a rigorous meeting schedule could lead to a more productive staff.
IF THIS HAPPENS TO YOU
Schedule a meeting immediately to discuss the issue of too frequent meetings.
• Try saying something like this, “I bet we can solve this by doing ____. That way, we can keep our momentum on our other tasks.”
• If you have a legitimate concern that meetings are interfering with your productivity, it’s worth bringing this up with your supervisor.
IF YOU DO THIS …
You’re only 10 meetings away from getting your free meeting with your value meeting punch card, keep it up!
• When it comes to meetings, usually quality is better than quantity. If you find too much of the day is filled with meetings consider the following:
Make sure every meeting has a predetermined clear purpose.
Forgo some meetings and send important info in an email or through a business messaging app.