It’s time to get smart about meetings.
You’ve been there before.
The day has just begun, and you already feel overwhelmed. You
have a long list of things to do, and the likelihood that you’re going to get pulled into a new project is high. You sit down at your
desk, roll up your sleeves and get ready to work, and … DING
A calendar invite encroaches on your inbox.
But it doesn’t stop at one. Two, three, even four meeting invites come through, and before you know it, your day — even week — is brimming with meetings. Oftentimes, these meetings are filled with technical glitches and user issues that ultimately waste your precious time.
Don’t get us wrong; we know that meetings are a necessity in organizations today. Offices and employees are dispersed globally, and in order to keep things running smoothly, we use tools and technologies to connect and communicate instantly. But we’re embarking on a new era where collaboration, and in turn, meetings, are reaching an entirely new level of complexity. We’re now in the era of “networked working,” where team structures are being reimagined and employees are regularly working with different functional areas. Deloitte research reveals that 91 percent of HR leaders say employees spend time on projects outside of their functional area, and 35 percent say they do so regularly.