Office workers either love or loathe meetings with few having no opinion on the subject.
Meetings can be either important events which need to be attended or a necessary evil which have to be endured by office employees.
Office meetings often split office staff, some see them as a good way of communicating the company’s message by using the human touch, while others see them as a waste of time which they could have better spent doing their job.
How then do you assimilate the two? The first thing is to understand why the meeting has been called, is it a daily or weekly occurrence, or is the fact that a meeting has been called mean that there is something out of the ordinary going on.
If the meetings are a regular feature but you and other colleagues feel that they are disrupting your work, then why not speak to your line manager and ask if instead of meetings, an email could be circulated explaining what the meeting is about. Not only will it save time but it will also allow people to pay attention to the relevant part which affects them.
If a meeting still has to take place, it may be an idea to ask the manager if the meeting only addressed the points which your team needed to know. This way you may be able to utilise the time saved and carry on with your work.
Meetings are often a great way of speaking to office staff in the office space and the gathering allows office workers the opportunity to raise points or make suggestions about which would be the best way to progress.
It offers employees the chance to discuss things with their managers they may never normally have the opportunity to do.
If used constructively, a meeting can be the difference between a vibrant office and one which is happy to stay in the slip stream.