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When Meetings Fail

Meetings, for better or for worse, are part of life in business. Weekly meetings, monthly meetings, quarterly meetings…all of these gatherings take up a significant amount of time for the employees in your organization. In fact, the average middle manager spends 35% of their time in meetings. And those are just your managers. When you get into the upper management and executives, those individuals can spend up to 50% of their time planning for and attending meetings. THIS. IS. NOT. EFFECTIVE. What lends even more to the problem is that executives feel 67% of these meetings are a complete waste of time. This kind of data begs the question, how can organizations change these horrible stats in order to make meetings worth the time of those involved? Meetings are obviously important in the collaboration of company initiatives, so it’s critical to explore how to make these conferences an effective us of time. In order to successfully plan meetings, it’s important to cover topics, concerns, success factors, and more. But how are managers and executives supposed to know what elements to include in their agendas and meeting plans? The key here is employee buy-in. Think about how effective a meeting would be if your employees had the chance to bring up topics or concerns? What if they had a say in priorities, or a means to express their expectations of what is talked about? It would make meetings and conferences significantly more effective, and the critical success factors would be shared not only with leaders, but with the people on the front lines of the business putting in the work. At POPin, we know meeting participation will improve and result in action-oriented take aways when you leverage the opinions of those already in your organization. When top items to discuss are agreed upon by participants, those depressing stats will to rise and your organization will be more productive. Find out how to do this today.