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.
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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.
Next time you’re in a meeting, try to calculate the cost. A one-hour meeting between 10 employees earning an average of $30/hour adds up to $300 in salaries alone. Inviting one or two managers quickly escalates the cost. Meetings between several managers or executives may cost upward of $1,000 in salary (TED). This doesn’t even take […]
Most of the pitfalls in HiPo programs are not easy fixes. They often require thorough revision of the procedures and practices in place. Nevertheless, improving these programs can be incredibly beneficial to both the company and its employees. Research and experience has revealed some of the most successful ways to find, develop, and engage high-potential […]