Why is it important for meetings to start and finish on time?

Off late, I have started writing on Quora. With WFH being the new normal, there have been numerous questions on #Stress Management, #Time Management, #Work-life balance, and a lot more. Out of all these, the most important and basic topic which is being widely discussed is about managing time during meetings.

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When we conduct meetings, the possibility of it over-running is huge during the WFH setup. The reasons may be spillovers or connectivity issues or the wait time. There may be people who might not turn up on time or hop off abruptly during an important discussion. It’s been just 6 months and everyone is still adapting to the new normal. also, the reasons behind the delay can be anything. But, the main question is, why are we focusing on time management for the meetings?

  • Saves everyone’s time
  • Spillover may lead to the participants getting late to join another meeting, which was already scheduled keeping in mind with the meeting which you have scheduled. Delay may lead to a lot of members wasting their time waiting for the main participant to join
  • Maintaining time looks professional
  • Meetings which are too long may lead to members losing focus

While there may be reasons for the delay, the best way to avoid spillovers is by keeping at least 10 minutes of grace time, so that the situation remains under control for everyone. If the meeting over-runs, we still have about 10 minutes to wrap up. If the meeting ends on time, hurray! we can take a quick break and get back to work! I have written multiple answers on #Zoom, #Microsoft Teams, and other topics. Do check out my answers here! #TimeManagement

Published by Rishika Powany

My name is Rishika, and I’m a Freelance writer. I am passionate about generating creative content and coaching people in Public Speaking. I help people promote and grow their brands through various Content Writing techniques. At the same time, I also show you how to hack your interviews, gain more confidence, and speak more effectively through communication strategies.

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