Meetings are meant to be a way of getting workplace issues solved and to move forward, but in many companies they quickly become the bane of everyone’s existence. Rather than assisting the work flow, they are actually hindering it and wasting time of employees who would be better off sitting at their desks getting real work done. Meetings can also lead to staff frustration, and if your staff are resentful towards the company, they’re not going to do their best work. Here are some tips to make meetings work, increase your company’s efficiency and help your staff to be a lot happier.
Do You Really Need to Have That Meeting?
Before setting any meeting, make sure you actually need to be in the same room to achieve an outcome. Having a single-task meeting isn’t the only way to get that task completed – there are other ways to brainstorm, consult and get consensus. Try having an email discussion, putting a time limit on replies so you don’t waste time waiting for responses to reach a decision. It may not be done as quickly as a one hour meeting, but staff will be able to complete other tasks while the discussion is in train, and have time to consider the question carefully rather than being put on the spot in the boardroom.