Are meetings getting a bad rap? Statistics indicate that meetings are not about to go away, in fact one survey reports that 72% of the respondents spend more time in meetings than they did five years ago. Why? A Winter 2007 MIT Sloan Management Review article explains that today’s flattened organizations make more use of self-directed teams, under the assumption that important ideas and innovation can emerge from employee interaction, and meetings remain the best vehicle to do this. Interestingly, while employees often publicly lament about “meeting hell”, privately they admit that meetings are important to their work. It’s therefore a worthwhile goal to improve meeting effectiveness. The authors suggest that improving both managers’ and employees’ meeting skills and implementing best practices for running meetings will make it happen.
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