A good meeting can get a whole workplace team up to speed, but too many meetings feel like thumb-twiddling wastes of everypne’s time. The newly-appointed local CEO of PwC, Luke Sayers, has tried to improve productivity with a radical plan: no internal meetings allowed between 10am and 4pm.
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PwC’s new edict actually emerged a couple of weeks ago via a report in the AFR, but I’ve only just caught wind of it. The motivation behind the move is to ensure that PwC’s staff focus on meeting with clients (who pay the bills) rather than with each other, according to an internal email sent by Sayers:
Reduce non-client demands on each other’s time, with the aim of making the hours of 10am to 4pm client and market time, not internal meeting time.
That exact logic won’t apply in every workplace, and there’s a risk that it means longer working hours to fit meetings in. But assigning fixed times for meetings, and resisting holding them at other times except in cases of emergency, has a lot going for it.