How much do some people hate meetings? Seventeen percent say they'd literally rather watch paint dry than attend one. So, it's not surprising that we're tempted, on occasion, to goof off a little during meetings. Well, here's some good news – that might not be all bad. There are actually some benefits to goofing off a little. Let's take a closer look.
Complaining about meetings is the unofficial sport of many workplaces. In fact, according to a recent Harris poll, sponsored by the online collaboration company Clarizen, 17 percent of employees said they would literally rather watch paint dry than attend a meeting, and eight percent would rather undergo a root canal. However, every now and again you come across a person, or even a group of people, who actually really enjoy meetings. Maybe we can learn something important about ourselves, or at least about how we collaborate, from thinking about their approach. Here are a few ideas to consider.
We've all had our time wasted attending or even running a meeting at work. So often, we walk out of a conference room wondering, "What the heck just happened in there? How did everything spiral out of control so fast and furiously?" The next time you're planning a meeting, think about these five tips for making your meetings work better, stronger, and most of all, more efficiently than ever before.
The most important meeting you have on your schedule isn't your annual performance review or even the quarterly board meeting: it's the one-on-one you have with your reports, hopefully once every week or two. Here's what you need to know about making these one-on-one meetings a good use of everyone's time.
Frequently find yourself moving from one conference room to another as you navigate a schedule jam-packed with meetings? If your company seems to allocate a lot of time for talking about what needs to be done and not enough time for doing the actual work, it's probably because that's what's actually going on. These days, it's not just the leaders and the top executives who spend their day in meeting rooms; almost all employees now seem to be spending their time attending and making meeting notes.
We're not that great at paying attention. And while the ADAA estimates that about 4 percent of the adult population is dealing with ADHD, one survey from video conference provider Highfive confirmed that about 47 percent of employees say their main problem with meetings is that people don't pay attention. Are we too connected to our devices? Are meetings just that boring and inefficient? Whatever the truth may be, there are a couple of ways you can keep your boss from banning cellphones at your next meeting.
Imagine this: you're in charge of planning exactly when to present the Big Proposal to the boss, and you have to pick the location, day, and time for the meeting. You've got a slot on Tuesday at 10 a.m., 3 p.m., or 4 p.m. Which do you choose so that the boss is the most receptive to your ideas?
Make the absurd "business jargon" end now. Let's all stand up, raise our right hands high, and swear that we'll be the change we want to see in the world. Let's all agree that jargon never helps a project get completed, a deadline met, or a co-worker promoted.