Can We Meet To Discsuss Why Meetings Are Bad?
from the shocking dept
We recently wrote about the detrimental effect of interruptions on a workday, and now Slashdot points us to some research on the negative effects of meetings. For most people, this probably sounds intuitively correct. People are always complaining about the number of meetings they attend, as most aren’t particularly helpful. Many are complete wastes of time, often designed more to make it appear like something is being done or some decision is being made, when the reality is that someone is trying to avoid getting something done or making an important decision. Of course, the article doesn’t break down the different types of meetings, but one rule of thumb I’ve heard is that the more “all hands meetings” a company has, the more likely it’s in trouble. If you have an all hands meeting every day (and I once worked at a company that did — and they even claimed it was mandatory), then you know it’s time to look for an escape route.