Should your meetings be low-tech?

Tired of your employees checking email in your meetings? Disappointed that your staff waste time logging onto Facebook while you’re going over company strategies? You’re not the only one. Laptops, smartphones and tablets are excellent 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 staff should be forbidden from taking technology into meetings. Managers, then, have a much less challenging time attracting the interest of their staff.

No gadgets

Here’s what Knapp says shouldn’t be allowed in meetings: laptops, tablets or smartphones. Yes, all of the good stuff. Staff should keep those devices at their desks.

The timer is key

And to offer hope to your suddenly tech-deprived employees? Set up a timer so that everybody in the meeting can see it. When that timer goes off, the meeting ends – no matter what.


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