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vnewman2
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4/30/2015 | 12:38:49 PM
Re: The Daily Unnecessary Meeting .....
@Technocrati - And that's just ONE person.  Throw in the real managers too and all you are doing as a worker-bee is sitting in meetings all day.  If a meeting is informational, it is just as easy to send an email and ask people to respond with any questions.  That way, the people who "get it" can just get on with their lives!
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4/30/2015 | 12:32:29 PM
Re: No Mention of Open-Office Culture?
@Ashu001 - I completely agree with you, but we are probably in the minority in the enterprise as every company everywhere seems to embrace this workplace style in some form.  (I work at a law firm, which is still super-traditional and we are renovating the office soon.  In the blueprints are mini "open air" employee meeting areas.  5 bucks says no one will ever use them here.)

I get the whole - "One team one dream" mentality and everyone is one big happy family, but what happened to taking the time to put some thought into your work?  It's been replaced by spouting off random thoughts without a filter (hello Twitter).  Or concentrating on something?  Don't people have to do that anymore?  No wonder everyone is taking Ritalin these days, it's the only way to filter out the radio static of working in an open-office plan!
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4/30/2015 | 11:51:53 AM
Re: Know your habits
Sachin,

I respect your sentiments entirely but as you also rightly pointed out you can't throw the phone away!

So what to do?

My preferred option is to keep all Messaging Services on Silent on the Phone and ONLY leave the Ringer on when I am deep in work.

In that way,if there is an absolute emergency then ONLY somebody will try to reach me by Calling me.

You have to discipline yourself somehow,thats the only way to solve this issue.

 
mdavis651
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4/30/2015 | 11:28:00 AM
Oh, the irony...
... as I sit here at work reading this article and comments!

Informationweek and other "tech" sites give me an opportunity to take a short, needed break from the job stuff (which can get pretty intense), but still be at least marginally productive in that I'm staying up to date with some of the latest technology advances and keeping a finger on the pulse of the IT world in general.
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4/30/2015 | 10:43:05 AM
Re: The Daily Unnecessary Meeting .....

@SachinEE    So True.  Thanks for the advice !   I am certainly going to use it going forward !

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4/30/2015 | 10:35:11 AM
Re: Know your habits
@Ashu001: Exactly. Smartphones are disturbing as well, especially those that come with Whatsapp and Facebook messenger. Every time they go Ping-Ping when I'm in the middle of my work I wish I could throw it away.
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4/30/2015 | 10:33:14 AM
Re: Wasting Time With Beef ? Sounds Good to Me.
Web browsing (And I assure you even I do that) is the most terrible time waster because you go on clicking from one link to another from articles to articles getting all that useless information, and we do that every now and then because of so much downtime between projects that we get bored. What else to do? You cannot leave the floor and go to the recreational room. 
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4/30/2015 | 10:22:49 AM
Re: The Daily Unnecessary Meeting .....
@Technocrati:

Rule of thumb: Always stay away from wannabe managers. They beat you down with stupidity and recklessness, forcing you to make the best out of the scrawny situation they put you in. 
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4/30/2015 | 1:23:21 AM
The Daily Unnecessary Meeting .....
This is my all-time favorite. The needless and unproductive meeting. I had one "wanna-be manager" have a meeting every morning, yes you heard me correctly - Every Morning !   And No.  It was not necessary. I guess this person had a hard time dealing with adults, but it was probably more for appearance than anything else. Matter of fact - I know it was.   You had to ask yourself after awhile, what really had changed from the day before that necessitated our union again the next day ? And each and everytime nothing had (changed). 

It got to the point of becoming insulting, at least I was, the rest of my colleagues seemed resigned to their (our) fate.  It probably explains in a large part the mis-management that is common place in most enterprises.

This wannbe manager repeated the same topics with a slight different intro. I kept hoping there would be a new ending but it never came - I no longer work there due in part to the fact, I could not fain interest in what he was saying.   I can only take that for so long and we did this dance for at least six months if not longer. Was he trying to micro-manage ?  If so, that is even worse.  Come to think of it that probably had something to do with it as well.  

Some will recongnize those meetings that are basically, "we are going to do this project and that project" - only not to do any projects in the end.

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against a meaningful meeting or two, once a week is understandable but daily ?   Nothing we were working on entailed that kind of obessession.

He is proabably in a meeting as I write this - Good riddance.
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4/30/2015 | 1:07:17 AM
Wasting Time With Beef ? Sounds Good to Me.
Interesting list of time wasters, I really like the Stick in a Box idea.  Nothing better than wasting time with a piece of beef jerky.
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