17 August 2020
3 min read
Like many organisations grappling with the realities of the current situation, we’ve been talking a lot recently about focusing on the things we can control. One of those is meetings.
Countless articles have been written about so-called ‘Zoom fatigue’, and my conversations with people inside and outside Iress confirm people are working longer hours, taking fewer breaks and feeling increasingly drained by the number of virtual meetings they’re being asked to attend.
I know of other companies which have declared ‘meeting-free days’ but that can create new problems and stresses, especially for client-focused organisations. So over the past couple of weeks, we have been crowdsourcing and collaborating on a core set of principles when it comes to how we think about, and manage, meetings at Iress.
Here is our final list - our seven commandments of meetings. I wonder how many of them ring true within your organisation?
How we meet at Iress
We didn’t create these to sit on a shelf somewhere. They are important principles which will help us to achieve better balance, be more productive and focus on those things which deliver real value to our clients, our users and ourselves.
Every person at Iress is licensed to check against these, regardless of who invites them to a meeting. We've already made them part of the way we work and incorporated them into our onboarding pack for new starters at Iress. I'm looking forward to seeing the difference it makes.
If you're interested in more ways to stay focused and be productive, watch our session with mindfulness expert, Dr Richard Chambers.
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