Seven ideas to add value to meetings

By Eli Mina
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/14/2001

Meetings have tangible costs as well as human tolls. They disrupt staff schedules and — if poorly managed — can be draining, tiring, frustrating and wasteful. It only makes sense to work hard to make meetings productive and have them deliver value.

This seems like common sense, yet it is amazing to watch how casually meetings are often planned and conducted. Far too many are called on a moment’s notice, with little or no effort to determine what needs to be accomplished and who will benefit.

It is no wonder many people treat meetings with cynicism and contempt, saying: “the best meeting is the one that is canceled,” or that “the words ‘productive’ and ‘meeting’ are mutually exclusive.”