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The most common form of 'go-slow' action is already rife in your office!

by , 08 April 2013
Happy the school holidays are over? Teachers aren't. Still hoping for an increase, many teachers are intending going on a go-slow strike tomorrow, which means they'll simply show up to teach - they won't do any of their extra duties. And it's not just teachers who get away with this. Your own employees are probably tricking you into thinking they're busier than they are by implementing the most common 'go slow' tactic of all - holding too many unproductive meetings. Here're two ways to limit the impact of meetings as an office time-waster.

Teachers belonging to the SA Democratic Teachers' Union will stage a go-slow when schools in inland provinces re-open tomorrow, says LegalBrief.
A go slow is 'a protest against an employer in which the workers work as slowly as possible', explains the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.
Now, there are calls for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga's resignation, as she's opted to remain silent on a looming go-slow by teachers, says News24.
Because the SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) says its members will embark on a national go-slow when inland schools reopen on Tuesday. 
They'll do so by reporting to schools only to teach.
Three ways inland teachers will go on a go-slow tomorrow
The teachers won't perform any extra duties like marking, hosting departmental visits or attending workshops.
This means that supplementary exams, which are usually written in February and marked in April, won't be marked. 
This serves as proof that there are numerous ways for people to go on a 'go-slow' strike without stating their intentions to do so, says FSP Business
Because it's not always as simple as taking two to three times as long to do the job, says occupywallst.org.
One common office time-waster that counts as a form of go-slow!
In fact, scheduling unnecessary meetings is a great way for your employees to look like they're working without getting anything done, says The Practical Guide to Human Resources Management. 
That's why TechRepublic says we so often walk out of a meeting thinking it did nothing but waste time.
Luckily, there are ways to make sure meetings are more productive in your workplace.
Meeting time-saver tip 1: Invite fewer people
Reducing the number of attendees saves time for everyone, both those in the meeting, because this means there'll be less input to consider so it'll end sooner; and for those not attending as they'll have more time free to complete other tasks.
Meeting time-saver tip 2: Send out all material for review before the meeting
If the meeting involves a review of documents, status reports, or other material, sending them to attendees prior to the meeting saves time and might even make the meeting unnecessary.
You'll soon find your employees are more productive overall as a result of attending fewer meetings.

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