Ensure Meetings Start On Time By Setting Consequences For The Last Person

Meetings are seemingly impossible to start on time; whether it's a few minutes or 15, people are always shuffling in late. Time Management Ninja suggests a way to get more punctual meetings: give the last person a task no one wants.

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It doesn't have to be a terrible task, just an assignment that would encourage everyone to try their best to get to the meeting on time. For example:

One company had a rule that the last to arrive was responsible for taking meeting notes. Another required that last person to clean up the meeting room when all was said and done.

On the flip side, reward the early birds with refreshments, perhaps, or first dibs on new projects.

If your organisation is plagued by the "9:10 Meeting", check out the article for more tips on making sure your meetings start on time. Have your own tips to share? Post 'em in the comments.

9 Ways to Start The 9 AM Meeting on Time [Time Management Ninja]


    we punish them by a set rate of $X.XX/minute of lateness

    An answer from an expert! Thanks for cotrnibuitng.

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