Why Meetings in the Hall are a Bad Idea.
September 11, 2007
The hall is a poor choice for impromptu meetings because neither party is prepared to capture important information.
Have you ever noticed how much work we try to get done, “by the way?”
Has this ever happened to you? You’ve had way too much coffee and your bladder is about to explode. On your way to the facilities, you bump into “Colleague Bob”.
You and Bob are working on an important project together, so Bob takes this as an opportunity to give you a brief update and ask you to start the 3 next steps of the project. The problem is you really need to go, so you’re only kind of listening. But that’s ok, because as soon as you get back to your desk you’ll write everything down.
More…On your way out of the facilities, you see “Manager Sue” who reminds you that expenses are due by tomorrow, and that Tuesday’s meeting has been changed to 10:30a instead.
When you finally get back to your desk you reach for your notepad when - HOLY COW - the phone rings! It’s that important client you’ve been trying to reach for weeks. After your ten minute impromptu client meeting, everything that “Colleague Bob” and “Manager Sue” told you is long forgotten.
Unfortunately, this kind of thing happens all the time, and it’s extremely unproductive. Here are a two things you can do about it:
So let’s all agree - no more hall passes until we all acknowledge that the hallway is a great way to get wherever you’re going, but a rather inefficient place to conduct business.