I've been working at my current job for around 18 months and the business have had its share of ups and downs. My job is team lead of a small team, which includes software development and also conversations with the software team, team mates, management, etc. The conversations are increased further because we are also running in an agile setting.
Since the last week, myself and a few of my fellow employees were approached by one of the management staff and asked to reduce the time we spend on conversations. We have explained the reasons for the conversations in a calm fashion, pointing out that those conversations need to be hand as we are currently going through software solution acceptance (component by component) with the hardware team. This seemed to have landed on deaf ears as this situation was repeated today, with the manager putting a timer in front of us with the running time, to keep track of the time we spent talking.
Now I would see this as a problem if we've spent hours discussion pointless things or having non-work related conversations, but these are discussions that need to be had. We are also not spending hours a day on these conversations - they occur when they need to (every 2-3 days on average) and can take anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes. We are sometimes having a few of those back to back or very close to each other due to availability issues of certain team members.
Moreover - both myself and the mentioned team members are hard working guys who are always putting an extra bit of effort, time, etc to get the job done, so this feels very unfair and unpleasant. I am honestly quite upset and angry at this behaviour, which I think is highly unprofessional.
How should I approach this? Any tips/recommendations? Am I correct in feeling the way I do?