Meeting madness: Avoid this common mistake for more productive team gatherings.
They say timing is everything.
Well, whomever “they” are, it seems like those folks are on to something when it comes to meetings. That’s according to a recent Inc. article we read called “6 Alarming Trends in Modern Meetings” that was published online last September. Apparently, the modern scheduling trend of making meetings late in the work day is a little counterintuitive.
From the article:
Most of our meetings are at the worst time of day.
During the average workday, when do you feel most dull-brained? If you’re like most people, that low point comes in mid-afternoon, around 3 p.m. So what is the most popular meeting time? You guessed it–mid-afternoon, around 3 p.m. Maybe you can sit toward the back and catch an inconspicuous nap.
Additionally, the Inc. story reports on an troubling survey that found Saturday meetings are up by 49 percent, and Sunday meetings up by 84 percent from previous years. “So much for So much for work-life balance,” says writer Minda Zetlin, co-author, The Geek Gap (Prometheus Books, 2006).
“Respect your employees professional and personal time, and your own, and schedule meetings earlier in the day, when people tend to be fresher and less distracted,” says Tina Hamilton, PHR, president of myHR Partner. “And be prepared with an agenda and a time limit, so you can keep everyone focused on the reason you are meeting in the first place. You will be surprised how much more you can get done when you have a set time allotment and purpose to a meeting.” You will be surprised how much your team will appreciate that you value their time while you support their efforts to be more productive and efficient, she adds.
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