Humor at Work: Meeting Madness, March 25, 2009

1. Meeting Madness

Here are the results of our latest www.humouratwork.com survey
on meetings, which asked for people’s biggest meeting pet peeves.
The exciting top answers were . . .

* People who text message or take calls on cell phones (24%)
* No structure, lack of focus (16%)
* Not starting on time (13%)
* There are too many meetings (12%)
* They are too boring (12%)
* No chance for real input and honest discussion (12%)

I think meetings mirror the larger workplace culture. If your
meetings are soul-sucking, spiritless affairs that would fit
nicely onto a Dilbert strip, then there’s a good chance the
same could be said about your workplace. Meetings, as I’ve said
oh-so-often, should be fun, creative and inspiring. So do your
own “meeting pet peeves” survey to identify some of the common
meeting fun-sucking practices in your workplace.
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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

A simple starting point on the road to more inspiring meetings
is to make sure you’re meeting in an inspiring physical setting.
Yahoo! meeting rooms, for example, are painted bright purple and
yellow, while the rooms are named after Ben & Jerry ice cream
flavors. (I mean who wouldn’t feel inspired meeting in the
“Chunky Monkey boardroom”?)
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3. Quote of the Week

“Meetings are indispensible when you don’t want to do anything.”
John Kenneth Galbraith
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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

It took more than 12 months and cost them about $21,000 !!), but
a town council in Essex, England, managed to discover the identity
of a man who kept saying “baa” during a planning meeting!

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