My boss hired a person some time ago to "optimize the way we are working". Let's call him Mike. Mike reports to a peer of mine.
Now Mike expects me to meet him again and again for him to "advise me". The problem is the meetings consist of him telling me what I already now - he repeats what I told him before. I know what my blockers are. The fact he will repeat it without proposing a solution won't help me. It actually hurts me cause then I need to stay longer to get things done.
I've tried asking about a specific topic or agenda for the meeting, but received very general answers about him wanting to "discuss the blockers and conditions". I'm in IT and my "blockers" are very tangible: it's the lack of several, let's call them, tools because of management's decision not to provide them. I've found work-arounds for that but Mike doesn't want us to work with work-arounds.
I reply that we've done that already. He insists on having the meeting. This way they will be able to tell my boss they conducted a consulting session with me. For some reason, my boss sees it as proving their employment makes sense.
But if I turn it down, I will be branded uncooperative. Or he will tell my boss that he can't do his job cause I don't have time to meet him.
What are some ways to avoid these meetings without having problems?