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Meetings are bad, yo. Select Emails – Technology Flow

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It is long Here in the United States, the weekend means office workers, at least a three-day break from the dreaded meeting. We would like to take this time to offer a passionate defense of … email.

Listen to us. It’s conventional wisdom that meetings kill productivity and morale and happy work environments. So why not write an email?

We know email has its drawbacks — it’s hard to manage and riddled with spam. But as work moves more and more online, it’s better than meetings. Two Inbox Zeroes and a Chaos Muppet are drowning in notifications — see if you can guess who they are! – Tell me why.

Ram Iyer: Do you love meetings or do you hate writing?

When I started smoking, I also worked in publishing where I had frequent and hugely unproductive meetings. Most of our group of more than 20 would sit quietly for an hour while someone droned on about something.

If you’re counting wasted person-hours, each of those meetings wasted an average of 20 hours that could have been spent doing actual work. They were also unnecessarily stressed: after every single meeting I desperately wanted to smoke, and I wasn’t alone.

Fortunately, this is not always the case. I’ve been lucky enough to work mostly at companies that foster a culture of communicating via email or messaging. But as I listened to my friends and former colleagues complain about work over the past two years, I noticed a trend: As the pandemic sent everyone home, meetings became more frequent to the point where people interrupted their work. .

I’ve been asked this question often over the past few years: If it’s email, why not? Why are people motivated to talk when they can write an email and save everyone time?

I finally have a theory.

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