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Are Office Meetings Enjoyable?

How Do You Feel About Office Meetings?

When I first entered the working world, I loved office meetings because they made me feel more grown-up. Silly, I know, but being in a room of accomplished professionals made my new adulthood seem more valid. The novelty of meetings wore off quickly, and I realized most of them were highly unproductive and dominated by those who liked to hear themselves speak.

It turns out that I had it pretty good with my twice a week meetings— sometimes my fiancé spends half of his day in meetings! I'm baffled by excessive meetings, and am always wondering how anyone has time to complete all the work that needs to be done if they're in meetings all day.

I'm lucky that we have limited meetings here at Sugar HQ — they're always held with obvious purpose and never last longer than they have to, which makes them ideal. How do you feel about office meetings?


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geekygirl geekygirl 9 years
i'm ok with meetings when they have a clear purpose and/or agenda. i get frustrated when they ramble on and we get talking about random work stuff that really doesn't need to be discussed at a meeting. i hate it when people hijack a meeting with personal anecedotes designed to demonstrate how wonderful they are but bore everyone else to tears.
aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
I don't mind meetings generally, except when people meet and there's nothing to talk about.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
i hate meetings, its my time to catch up with my sleep or doodle.
demeter demeter 9 years
I really don't mind as long as I don't have to talk!
Advah Advah 9 years
We have a weekly staff meeting that lasts between 45 mins and 2h. When my boss leads the meeting, it's GREAT! We get updates on what the rest of the company is doing in the rest of the country, the major events we have to expect in the next few weeks/months, things we have to start working for, and we get congratulated for things that went well. Everyone says what they're working on for the week, so that we know what happens in the office, and we can say whether we need extra help or if we can help someone else. It goes straight to the point, is informative, and it's a friendly atmosphere. Now, when my boss isn't here and the EO is in charge of the meeting, I'd rather stay at my desk. They're endless, useless, she usually ends up making comments about how we work and giving us parts of her responsibilities because according to her she doesn't have time for that... No need to say I'm more than relieved this is my last week in this office!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
At my current company, I don't mind meetings so much. My bosses never call meetings unless it's to announce something or to brainstorm on a problem.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
The retail company I used to work for holds quarterly management meetings that go on for 8 hours or more, are always at least an hour drive away from everyone, and are mind-numbingly, eye-gougingly boring marathons of company propaganda delivered by the obnoxious twits in upper management :ROTFL: I was really excited to go to my first one, for the same reasons Savvy mentioned (it was cool to feel professional, etc.). My enthusiasm waned to nothing by about the 7th hour. Oh, and the food was awful and we weren't compensated for the drives.
Veekore Veekore 9 years
I am very lucky in that my office only has meetings when absolutely neccessary. We have about 3 different divisions in our office, so it would be pointless to have total office meetings, but our division meets once a month to discuss what's going on and it exposes me better to the inner workings of the company.
chellybean chellybean 9 years
I love a good break from the monotony...unless I have a crapload of clients that day. When I have work to do, I'd really rather be working than talking about working.
jb3 jb3 9 years
It seems like 95% of them are B.S. I have many every week and could easily do with half as many. I'd probably get more done and have a better idea of what is really going on. So many are just changing their minds about what they decided in a meeting a week or two ago. Thank God its Friday!!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
When I worked in the consulting world, meetings were the bane of my existence, but they made me learn how to run a really great meeting. Now that I work at home, we have 1 meeting over the phone for 40 minutes per week. It's great. And since I'm at home, I can like bake cookies and stuff! :)
emalove emalove 9 years
At my work, staff meetings are pretty much a waste of time. They usually turn into one big bitch and complain fest and it's so irritating.
melizzle melizzle 9 years
Mostly a big waste of time. Though it's fun to socialize.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
As long as they keep the designers out they are great. They seem to have a tendency to want to whine about doing their job and doing it correctly.
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
My meetings are always pointless!
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
it really depends on who is running them. at my last job, my boss ran a weekly team meeting to discuss what was going on within our division (which was only 6 people), but they were always limited to an hour, and we had a great sense of camaraderie -- we managed to get in all of the work details we needed to discuss, and catch up with each other on a personal level. that was great. when the new CEO came in and he ran meetings for a specific project, they went on for five hours, and when we still didn't come to a conclusion, they spilled into the next day. it just depends on who is running them, how organized they are, and how well they're able to keep people on track.
pluckyred pluckyred 9 years
I've read a lot about meeting efficiency and what often comes up is "rule #1: Don't have a meeting if you don't need one." People tend to have meetings because they think that they're part of the process. In reality, unless there's something to talk about and unless it's a well run meeting, it's not worth it. It pulls people away from their work and often an email or memo can cover briefly what would be covered in a time consuming meeting.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
When you have to do a teleconference with another office on west coast time and you're on the east coast it is brutal... I don't like eating my dinner at the office!!
juju4 juju4 9 years
I think that in order for meetings to be worthwhile, the partipant number needs to be kept to a minimum. My office NEVER has entire staff meetings, because we all do such different things that it would be a waste of time. There are meetings within divisions, and they are kept short and productive.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Oh sweet baby jesus i hate meetings, i work for the state of florida and polices here change everyday. We have meetings on having meetings. We meet for clerical, nursing, office wide politics, computer updates, FEMA training, video meetings with other offices. We have meetings for Regional issues, quality improvment issues, heck we even have meeting to discuss luncheons. What do i do in these meetings? I doodle, write out grocery lists, compose haikus about going postal.
princessjaslew princessjaslew 9 years
the thing with meetings is that i always feel so intimiated, like if i don't have anything to say, i'm a loser. and that's when i'm still an intern! i can't imagine what it will be like when i really enter the real world.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I hate our office meetings they go on and on and i space out and have no idea what is going on half the time. If they were quick and straight to the point that is fine but when they are never ending and go off subject with things that don't involve me then i start day dreaming :)
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
At this stage in my career, I really need meetings (and actually need to be involved in more of them) to get some visibility. I'm not yet at the point where meetings are interfering with my work day. BUT, I do hate being in meetings that go on and on for no reason.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i agree with the whole novelty of them...i used to enjoy them since i felt like i was a part of something, and now i'm used to not really being overly involved in them...just sitting there and taking note of what's going on.
millarci millarci 9 years
I also feel that meetings made me feel more 'grown up'. Once my sister called me at work and I told her I'd call her back because I was in a meeting. I remember thinking to myself that it sounded so 'grown up'. LOL! I like meetings (except when I'm super busy), because at my job it gives us the opportunity to make sure everyone is on the same page. They are very productive. Some last longer than they should but it's all good. ;)
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