Meetings are a necessary evil in the business world. While sitting in freezing rooms debating sales strategies is hardly anyone’s idea of a good time, these conversations are necessary to keep a company functioning at optimal levels. Unfortunately, there are certain employees who can ruin a meeting before it starts. Here are four types of workers destined to sabotage your next business meeting and what you can do to prevent it:
People Who Arrive Late
There’s nothing worse than laying out everything that needs to be discussed in a meeting only to have someone walk in late. Not only does this waste valuable time, it also serves to annoy those employees who did arrive on time. For best results, give employees an email reminder 20 minutes or so before a big meeting and make it clear they’re expected to arrive on time.
People Who Use Their Phones
This problem is easily solved. Inform your employees that their attention should be on work during a meeting – not on whatever their friends posted on Facebook. If the problem persists, you can even take the added step of banning phones from the conference room.
People Who Interrupt
It’s only natural for people to want to jump in with an idea or solution to a problem. However, interruptions affect the flow of conversation. Encourage your employees to wait for a natural break in the conversation before sharing their ideas. In some cases, you might need to speak to people one on one after a meeting to get your point across.
People Who Know It All
The truth is, no one has all the answers, and the best solutions often stem from collaboration. Remind workers that all views are welcome and encouraged, so people feel comfortable sharing their thoughts.
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