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Say Goodbye to Status Updates: Make Your Meetings More Productive

Say Goodbye to Status Updates: Make Your Meetings More Productive

Alongside messages, meetings are considered the biggest time challenge for organisations.

Meetings obviously come in a lot of shapes & sizes. If you are serious about time wasting within your organisation & team, reviewing those meetings that can be conducted differently becomes critical.

Status updates & review meetings fit into that category.

These meetings can often be conducted differently avoiding unnecessary time for participants sitting in meetings. Challenge yourself to rethink your approach to status updates & review meetings by exploring alternative methods.

Status Updates:

Status update meetings have a tendency to drag on, with team members sharing information that could have been shared through a shared drive or collaboration technology. These meetings are often seen as a way for team members to simply check in & share what they have been working on, rather than as an opportunity to make progress on exploring new ideas.

A study by the Harvard Business Review found that 67% of meeting attendees consider them a waste of time. Additional studies have found employees can spend up to 31 hours a month in unproductive meetings.

Review Meetings:

Similar to status updates – extensive review sessions with many individuals also need to be clinically assessed. Can you explore alternative methods to capture a market or performance review vs soaking hours of individuals time.

Critically review any participants & the way you can approach the meeting differently.

This is a significant amount of time that could be better spent on other tasks.

Challenge the Status Quo:

One alternative method is to use shared drives or collaboration technology. This allows team members to share information and updates on their work in a more efficient manner.

Another alternative method is to hold team meeting spaces, where team members can come together to discuss progress & make decisions on a selective basis. These meeting spaces should be designed to be interactive & encourage participation from interested team members.

Be Mindful of Meeting Purpose.

If the meeting is simply for the purpose of sharing information, it isn’t necessary to have everyone in the room or have a meeting at all.

As leaders, it is important to be mindful of how we utilise our team’s time. Look at how you can do status update & review meetings differently.

Explore every option possible but hold a status update or review meeting that is productive, efficient, and beneficial for all parties involved.

Maximise performance for yourself & your team by saying goodbye to meetings for status updates & review meetings.

Don’t delay get started today.

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