Design meetings to run smoothly and accomplish a specific purpose
Meetings can be beneficial for many reasons, but if they’re not well organized and designed to accomplish a specific purpose, they can be counterproductive.
The following mistakes often are made by businesses and organizations at their meetings:
- Having a meeting for no good reason: Sometimes, communicating online to employees or speaking with some of them individually are better options.
- Not honoring people’s time: One helpful tip is circulating material that will be discussed at a meeting before it happens.
- Bad timing: It’s not wise to schedule a meeting when people are hungry or urgently trying to meet deadlines (unless the meeting is directly relevant to the deadline work).
- Failing to consider the cost: Some meetings simply aren’t worth the investment, and others easily could be shortened to allow employees more time to accomplish their work. And in some cases, the number of...