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HR Takeaways from Forgoing Meetings for One Month

One company’s decision to put all meetings on hold for a month is helping it evolve its overall communications approach. So reports Human Resource Executive.

prohibited 147408 1280The experiment sought how to best leverage asynchronous communication, or communication that doesn't happen in real-time, and synchronous communication or communication between two or more people in real-time.

Weary of what is commonly called “Zoom fatigue” during the pandemic, TechSmith “engaged in a full month of no meetings, challenging our ability to use asynchronous communication methods to perform work rather than relying on meetings as a crutch,” the firm’s vice president of human resources Amy Casciotti wrote for the publication.

“The end goal was never to fully replace meetings long-term, but rather to understand how to match the right type of communication with a particular work task,” she noted.

The month-long break from meetings wasn’t perfect, but TechSmith did realize a 15% bump in their workers feeling productive, while 85% were interested in getting a deeper understanding of “asynchronous communications as a means to limit meetings,” Casciotti wrote.

“Synchronous is ideal when immediate feedback or time-sensitive decisioning are required, and when there is a high degree of ambiguity or sensitivity to the subject matter, where emotional intelligence becomes critical (e.g. discussing a new problem that spans multiple teams, IT fire drill, etc.),” according to Casciotti. “We recommend asynchronous communication when collaboration isn’t immediate and doesn’t need to occur in real-time (e.g. solicit feedback, review content) or when there is a one-way share of information (e.g. quarterly updates, campaign results). These guidelines have helped employees begin to approach meaningful communication in an intentional and repeatable way.”

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