When it comes to meeting etiquette there are many nuances. The smallest things can have a major impact on how people perceive you. Whether you’re the meeting chair or a participant, knowing when and how to say the right thing can make your meetings run smoother.
An unexpected benefit to the restrictions Covid brought with it, was a shift of many people looking for a slower pace of life by moving to the countryside.
An article in The Australian Magazine in June 2020 – ‘Making the Leap to Regional Living’ explains the benefits of such a move, specifically in regards to more effective meetings, and improving his golf swing.
“Ed McKeiver moved from Brisbane to Mackay due to work changes with his company Aurizon. He brought a management team of 20 with him and says there is a real sense of camaraderie among them, with a roll-up-your-sleeves attitude.
McKeiver now spends far less time in meetings than he did in Brisbane, and more time managing his team and doing his actual job. Many of his meetings are now conducted through video calls, and it has somehow made them more efficient.
Ed says…”In a face-to-face meeting, everyone feels like they have to comment. Whereas with video meetings, people only comment when they have something valuable to add. The meetings are running 25% faster than they were before.”
McKeiver will probably have to move back to a capital city as his career progresses, but in the meantime he’s working on his golf swing, having not played for 15 years. On the weekends, he and his wife go bushwalking, searching for platypus in the national parks around Mackay.
“I feel like I’ve got my life back in balance,” he says.
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So that workers could still get their main tasks done, two areas naturally reduced, without the quality of the work being compromised. In fact, outputs either stayed the same or increased.
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