No self-respecting business wants to advertise itself as inefficient, unfocused, and directionless, regularly wasting tens of thousands of dollars for no tangible reason. Yet, that’s exactly what happens every day as businesses around the globe force their workers to spend time in meetings that provide no meaningful return on that investment of time and energy.”Meetings rarely result in actionable work,” says Carson Tate, founder and principal of Working Simply, and author of Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style. “Workers spend on average six to seven hours per week in meetings, and are then forced to do the real work they were hired to do on the margins of their day. This leads to burnout, which leads to retention and attrition issues. You’re not getting the best work out of your talent.”When your workforce spends the majority of its time in meetings, they’re not producing anything — except more meetings, Tate says, and that becomes the entire culture of your business.Here’s how to ensure your organization’s meetings are effective and productive.Recognize the problem and make the cultural shiftThe first step is to understand the breadth and depth of your meeting problem, Tate says. Start by documenting how much time is… Read full this story
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