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“Let’s schedule a meeting” has become the universal response to most business issues. Not sure what to do on a project? Schedule a meeting. Have a few ideas to share? Schedule a meeting. Struggling to make a decision? Schedule a meeting.
While meetings fill an increasing number of hours in the workday, most employees consider them to be a waste of time. According to a 2014 survey by Salary.com, meetings ranked as the number three office productivity killer (behind cellphones/texting and the internet).
Meetings should be great- they’re opportunities for a group of people sitting together around a table to directly communicate. So why are they so despised? Is it the feeling that we could be actually working instead of sitting in a pointless, seemingly never ending meeting? Is it the fact that most meetings go off the agenda within five minutes? Or is it simply that many meetings are being held for the wrong reasons? Whatever the reason, there are ways to run effective, efficient meetings that leave your employees or co-workers feeling energized and excited about their work. Here are some tips: