The 1 Question That Can Get You Out Of Meetings In The Workplace
It’s Monday morning as I write this.
I’m no longer in the soul-sucking corporate world. Thank goodness.
But I still remember what it was like being in back-to-back meetings. Hour after hour. Day after day.
Every so often, I didn’t even have time to pee.
Know that I’m not saying meetings are inherently bad.
I’ve been in many wonderful meetings where I felt energized when I left.
But I believe, for most corporate employees, meetings are extremely wasteful and counterproductive. They typically drag on for hours with little to no progress made.
Maybe you’ve been in a meeting like that before. One where people are just talking and not getting anything done.
Heck, you’ve probably been in several meetings like this throughout your corporate work life.
But if you feel you’re wasting time in meetings and not getting actual work done, then you’re not alone in your sentiment.
Meetings. The Worst Business Ritual Ever.
As you can likely tell by now, I’m not a fan of meetings.
And secretly, I know you’re not too.
There are many reasons that meetings are the worst business ritual ever created when it comes down to it. You’ve most likely complained about these reasons to your colleagues, family, and friends.
Here’s why the business ritual of meetings is so awful:
- Meetings distract workers from meaningful, productive work
- Meetings wander off-topic when there is no clear agenda
- Meetings often have unnecessary people in attendance
- Meetings aren’t actual work; they’re a place to congregate and talk
- Meetings multiply time spent in the workplace
Add to this that companies in the U.S. alone waste $37 billion every year. A huge time sink.