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Meetings are valuable because they encourage communication, providing a place for team members to get a say. However, when attendees don’t get this chance, they might walk away feeling like the meeting was a waste. Unfortunately, certain scenarios can make people uncomfortable speaking up.
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, has a curious rule for meetings. He doesn’t plan any meetings in which two pizzas aren’t enough to feed everyone (Inc). Despite the company’s gargantuan size (it counted on more than half a million employees in 2017), Bezos sticks steadfastly to his two-pizza rule.
Going into an important meeting without an agenda is a little bit like baking a cake without the recipe. It could turn out well—but more likely it’ll be a complete disaster.
Across industries and departments, these are some common meeting topics with defined and specific purposes. Here are some types of meetings to help you clarify the results you’re looking for:
As you learned in our last post, meetings can quickly become a money-waster. But does that mean companies should scratch meetings completely? Well, no. Face-to-face communication is invaluable in the workplace. An overwhelming majority of meeting attendees (92%) said they value the opportunity to contribute (Verizon).
The average employee attends 62 meetings per month—yet nearly half (47%) consider meetings to be the top time-waster at the office (Atlassian). Unproductive and unstructured meetings have become a constant in the workplace—and the drain on company resources can be surprising.