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Meetings - are you awake through them or switch off and take a nap?

Bentley, I feel the same.

That meeting was the most boring, waste of MY time and waste of MY energy. Can businesses stop having team meetings or calling us into the office to hold a meeting for 45 minutes just for the sake of a tick box exercise and the reasoning of "we should/ this is what we have always done".

I'm all up for communications and the first to back up any telephone call with an email to give evidence and support a communication trail. And I love being with people. But seriously, businesses - have an agenda or a purpose, and build conversations with decision-making consensus attitudes. Bosses have better planning and coordination and have an awareness of what is actually going on before waffling on about absolute crap!

If you are going to call a meeting then do so for a specific goal - think about what are you going to achieve.

The purpose of a business meeting can vary depending on the specific context and goals of the organisation, but generally, business meetings serve several important purposes:

Communication: Meetings provide a platform for sharing information, updates, and ideas among team members or stakeholders. This facilitates effective communication within the organisation.

Decision-Making: Meetings often serve as a forum for making decisions on important matters that require input from multiple individuals or departments. Discussions during meetings can lead to consensus or clear direction on the next steps.

Problem Solving: Meetings allow teams to identify and address challenges or problems collectively. Brainstorming sessions and discussions during meetings can generate creative solutions.

Coordination and Planning: Meetings are essential for coordinating efforts and planning activities. They help align team members towards common goals and ensure everyone is on the same page regarding timelines, tasks, and responsibilities.

Building Relationships: Meetings provide opportunities for team members to interact, collaborate, and build relationships. Face-to-face (or virtual) interactions foster teamwork and camaraderie.

Feedback and Evaluation: Meetings can be used to provide feedback on ongoing projects or initiatives. They also allow for performance evaluations and discussions on areas for improvement.

Alignment of Vision: Meetings help reinforce the organisation's vision, mission, and values. They ensure that everyone understands and is working towards the same overarching objectives.

Training and Development: Some meetings are designed for training purposes, where new skills, processes, or information are shared with team members.

Celebration and Recognition: Meetings can be used to celebrate achievements, milestones, or successes. Recognising accomplishments boosts morale and motivation within the team.

In summary, business meetings can serve as a vital tool for effective communication, decision-making, problem-solving, and collaboration within organisations, ultimately contributing to the achievement of organisational goals and fostering a cohesive work environment.

But equally, businesses go through your calendars, how many of these meetings are serving important purposes? How many are in the diary because that's how "we've always done it!"

Is it time to start saving time and your worker's energy?


P.S. I know I have the cutest companion and work colleague- shall we have some fun today, send me a photo in the comments of your work pets.

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