Meetings

11th Mar 2008Random

I’ve decided that there is one thing in the workplace that I really can’t stand. Meetings. I’m a big fan of the saying “None of us is as dumb as all of us”. I can’t even count the number of hours of productivity lost at this place because of meetings, and there have been several occasions where I truly leave one feeling dumber. A typical meeting goes something like this:

-We all sit around and talk for awhile about the topic at hand.

-Someone goes on a long tangent about something totally irrelevant, we get off topic, and lose roughly 30 minutes.

-Everyone who feels they have something to contribute (or who like the sound of their own voice) gives their opinion.

-The person running the meeting fiddles with their Excel spreadsheet or PowerPoint to illustrate their fundamentally flawed logic.

-Nothing is ever unanimous in the group, so basically we’re back to square one, with a fun little addition — bitterness between people.

-We’ll use the totally abused “Moving forward…” statement to act like something is actually going to change.

-We return to our desks with no official decision made.

A bit jaded? Maybe…

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  1. A.B. (March 27, 2008, 3:23 pm).

    James, I couldn’t agree with you more. What really makes me crazy is the comment at every meeting “we need to do (such and such)” and then no one volunteers to do “such and such” and no one is assigned to do “such and such” and therefore you have just wasted 60 minutes because nothing is going to get done as a result of the meeting. My only hope for sanity is that I have another appointment which will excuse me from the meeting before I have to blow my brains out to survive the pain of staying the entire time.
    A.B.

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