Over the last few decades, organizations have seen a significant shift in how they work. Businesses today are more self-directed, less hierarchical, and rely on empowerment of their workforce. They also strive for continuous improvement. It is essential that employees can access the relevant information and communicate proactively to drive innovation in today’s fast-changing business environment. Meetings are often the best vehicle for innovation.
They foster relationships and ensure alignment and coordination throughout an organization. Harvard Business School conducted a 12-year-long study to determine how CEOs of large corporations spent their time over 12 years. This 60,000-hours of data provides a clear picture of a CEO’s typical weekly schedule. The CEOs spent 45 hours per week in 37 meetings. This represents 72% of their weekly working hours of 62.5 hours.
Excessive meetings interrupt the workflow, impede deep thinking, and complicate full concentration on to-do tasks and projects. Also, while leaders are in meetings, their email inboxes are filling up, and the meetings add even more tasks to their growing list.
In a study of time budgeting at large corporations, Bain & Company found that a single weekly meeting of midlevel managers was costing one organization $15M a year! Many organizations endure the triple whammy of meetings that are (1) too frequent, (2) poorly timed, and (3) badly run, leading to losses in productivity, collaboration, and well-being for both groups and individuals.
Meetings are essential for enabling collaboration, creativity, and innovation. They often foster relationships and ensure proper information exchange. But the latest challenge that’s emerging is excessive meetings that are unproductive and not just do they waste time but money also.
However, with a structured approach to analysing and changing meeting patterns throughout your team or unit, you can make significant improvements.
Register for this webinar ‘Modern work decoded – Overcoming the meeting madness and getting your team to do what it says it’s going to do’ to be held on Thursday, December 16th, 2021, from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm and hear out from the industry experts from Microsoft and Embee upon how to leverage Modern Work tools to plan and manage work and meetings right, bolster your team to generate ideas, solve problems, and achieve goals. Also, explore Teams as a Platform, where you can learn how to leverage Microsoft Teams beyond audio video and file sharing collaboration system.
At Embee, our mission is to enable organizations to transform with technology in a digital, mobile-first, data-driven world. With this webinar, we intend to bring to you the best practices and ideas to conduct effective meetings to increase value, efficiencies and not waste time.
During the webinar you will learn-
- Understanding what causes the meeting madness and proven ways that established teams use to overcome it
- Modern Workplace tools that can simplify your collaboration for a more meaningful communication
- Microsoft Teams as a Platform – From marking leaves to logging purchase requests, did you know Microsoft Teams could be your single window to manage HRMS, ERP, or procurement related tasks – collaboration taken to next level!
- Real success stories of businesses that embraced modern ways of collaboration- where they started and where are they now
It doesn’t have to take a lot of effort to improve the meeting culture. Leaders can begin by creating a few effective meeting management practices that they will gradually implement. They can focus on one meeting at time and continuously measure the performance of meetings. This will result in significant benefits for the company and increase their motivation.
Leaders who are successful realize the importance of training people and defining productive processes. They also need to use technology to create a positive change in the culture of meetings. Leaders today should make fighting meeting madness a priority. They must be able to set the tone for positive change in their organization’s meeting culture.