One of things that I noticed after working here in US in IT world is that people tend to schedule so many meetings. I will share few thoughts about meetings in this article. You may check out the previous article about Work Culture in USA – Working hours, lunch time and meetings
Why so many meetings?
Meetings are integral part of corporate culture in America. People are so thorough about everything. They want everything to be discussed and laid out on paper. There is way too much planning about a project than the required work. I agree it is important for critical projects…but not for all the projects…Sometimes I felt, is the meeting really worth the time? Coming back to the point, for instance, if we take a web developer role in a project, though he is not needed to attended all these listed meetings, there are potential chance for him to attend all or most of the below list
- Meeting with the Business clients
- Meeting with the Project manager and Project team
- Meeting with the Testing team
- Meeting with the Functional Analysts
- Meeting with Infrastructure team
- Meeting with Off-shore development team
- Meeting with Support team
- Meeting with Development team
- Meeting with Database team
- Meeting with Server team
- Meeting with Network team
- Meeting with remote team members
I can keep on writing the list…It is similar for any business area related job too. The point is, there are way too many meetings and people get invited to all the meetings. Unless you are listed as required or you feel the need, you should not attend everything. It will be waste of your time.
Anyways, one of the reason there are so many meetings at work in US are because people in US are much more planned. They like to see every detail and document everything. It is overkill at times. Also, second thing, meetings are kind of a socializing thing too, people sometimes talk about unrelated information just to kill time…You can avoid some of these meetings by calling in or just declining if there is no need. Meetings are a formal way or process to indicate that you really discussed something and accomplished something important. Do not be frustrated by people who love to schedule meetings for even simple things, just decline by politely saying, “ I do not think I will add any value by attending the meeting” or just call in and you can do your work simultaneously. Sometimes meetings can be overkill, you have to cautious and use your time effectively.
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