Why tech-less meetings should be your goal

August 1, 2013
Tired of your staff checking email in your meetings? Irritated that your workers waste time logging onto Facebook while you’re talking about company strategies? You’re not alone. Laptops, smartphones and tablets are fantastic tools. Even so technology can play havoc with your company meetings.


The Solution

Because of this Jake Knapp, design partner at Google Ventures, writes in a recent post on the Medium Web site that employees need to be forbidden from carrying technology into meetings. Managers, then, will have a far less challenging time attracting the interest of their staff.


No gadgets

Knapp proposes that employees say goodbye to their laptops, smartphones and tablets before going into a meeting. This will make sure that they concentrate on what you’re announcing and not a raunchy joke forwarded to them by their best friend.


The timer is key

To relieve the jitters of your now tech-less workers, Knapp suggests setting up a timer where everyone is able to see it. So now, your staff know that there’s an end time for the meeting. When that timer goes off? Keep your end of the bargain; end the meeting.

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