Meetings may be the biggest time waster in corporate America. This great infographic from the Fuze claims that middle managers spend as much as 35% of their time in meetings. Here are three quick questions to remember when scheduling (or not scheduling a meeting):
- Does the meeting have a clear objective or goal? Have you ever attended a busy meeting with lots of information, ideas, and talk – but you haven’t actually resolved or accomplished anything? Don’t be the person who calls that meeting. If there is not clear “end product”, then why are you calling a meeting.
- Can the objective or goal be accomplished without a meeting? You can guess what I am about to write. Some of the most productive meetings can be five minute one-on-ones. You eliminate the people and issues that will take you off your objective. If you can do it without a meeting, then why are you calling a meeting.
- Is the meeting worth the time and resources it will consume? Do the math. Add the salaries, the lost productivity, the lack of results and you have a huge waste of resources. Reduce the participants or eliminate the meeting.
(adapted from the book, The Secrets to Masterful Meetings: Ignite a Meetings Revolution! by Michael Wilkinson)