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Four ways to put a stop to endless meetings

by , 08 April 2013
Do you feel that your working time has become one long extended meeting? The truth is meetings consume an enormous amount of the average employee's time. To curb this, you need to implement a few improvements in the way you handle meetings. Doing this will result in higher productivity, not only for your employees but for everyone. Here's how you can cut meetings in half.

'It's hard to get the best of both world's when it comes to meetings, like discussing everything you need to and end on time,' says the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.

This can result in a loss of productivity if not properly managed and if company meetings are allowed to move off the point at hand.

Luckily, there are simple strategies you can implement to ensure company time isn't wasted by long meetings.

Implement these four steps to curb endless meetings

  1. Eliminate as many meetings as possible. If you don't have a clear and urgent purpose for the meeting, don't schedule it. If you can't identify at least one intended outcome of a meeting, skip it.
  2. Don't use meetings to rubberstamp decisions. 'If you've already made your mind up about a particular issue, spare everyone's time and rather opt for a quick email or memo,' advises the Loose Leaf.
  3. Talk as much as you need to but not as much as you want to. If five people are in a meeting, you shouldn't be talking more than 20% of the time.
  4. Cut down on meeting minutes. 'An hour-long meeting should generate no more than a page on notes, and this should be circulated no more than two days after the meeting. Anything longer than this, and meeting minutes becomes a time-waster,' advises the Loose Leaf.

So there you have it! Implementing these steps will help ensure valuable company time isn't wasted by endless meetings.

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