“I hold this as a rule of life: too much of anything is bad.” Terrence McKenna was definitely NOT referring to meetings when he made this statement. Regardless, it sums up exactly how I feel about meetings.
I have earned a reputation for being a meeting dodger, it’s because I tend to over correct. After one or two useless meetings, I find myself avoiding them at all cost. Pretty soon my phone is ringing off the hook, people are waiting for me in the hallways and outside the bathroom, but that isn’t the worst of it. If you miss enough meetings, people will start to wonder who you are and what you do. Some meetings really are necessary, unless you work alone (which I wouldn’t recommend, because you’ll have no one to blame when something goes wrong).
For the record, I’m not alone in my meeting disdain. A recent workplace survey conducted by Post-it® Brand found that “on average, U.S. office workers feel they attend 3 unnecessary work meetings per week – and nearly 1 in 4 (24%) attend 5 or more, which is one a day.” Fortunately, not everyone shares my all or nothing approach. There is sunlight at the end of the tunnel and maybe even in the conference room.
There are ways to make meetings a lot more productive and slightly less painful. Preparation is key, but there are also some steps you can take during and after to maximize meeting effectiveness.
Side note for the execs. Your employees want to take notes, but need help. 80% want training on how to take better notes.
Follow the rules of etiquette. Don’t interrupt, be unkind or talk over people, it’s annoying. While it may get you noticed, it won’t help you get promoted.
To celebrate productivity in the workplace Post-it® Brand has also launched a digital series in partnership with Fast Company, Beside Great Leaders, featuring prominent business executives and the office professionals who keep their workplaces running smoothly. You can watch the video here.
Be sure to check out the infographic from the Post-it® Brand Workplace survey below!
*The Post-it® Brand Workplace survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 1,000 U.S. office professionals, office administrators and office managers employed full-time in 2016 using an email invitation and an online survey.
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