Questions tagged [meetings]

Events at work often involving others. There can be meetings for one's team, a department, a 1:1 with a manager or 1:1 with a subordinate if applicable. Questions here will usually revolve around handling meetings in terms of schedule, etiquette and other issues.

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Meeting scheduled outside of work hours for support team

We are a small company of around 14 employees that provides 3rd party support for software that is made by other companies. I work in the support team. My colleagues and I have noticed a common ...
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My boss wants me to attend a meeting every day before work hours

My manager at a software company I've worked at for a few years has asked me to join a status update (a standup if you are familiar with agile) meeting daily, before my normal work hours. My boss ...
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Driving the skype meetings, speaking effectively in skype meetings [closed]

I am a decent speaker but in a Skype conference call, I often stay quiet. Also when there are meetings with upper management I remain quiet. What are some of the good tips to speak in Skype meetings, ...
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How to handle a boss who constantly stares with an angry face in meetings?

Background: I am a software developer with little over of a decade experience in my job, based on India, but now I am working in Toronto through my Indian employer for 3+ years. ( I am a full time ...
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Organization and efficiency of team meetings and 1-to-1

We are a small (5 people) team of geographically dispersed employees in a big international corporation. Up until now, our manager decided not to have 1-to-1 meetings with any of us, but a single ...
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How to talk to an oblivious boss who takes calls in bathroom unmuted

My boss has a bad habit of leaving his phone unmuted when on a conference call. Usually, we hear some background keyboard noise or some throat clearing noise, and somebody politely asks everyone to ...
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Boss immediately responds to me without letting me finish my question

When I'm in a meeting with several people and I start to ask a question, my boss usually interrupts me when I'm about 70% done asking my question/providing context. When she interrupts, she typically ...
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Incorrect scrum meeting format not allowing for enough participation from developers

I recently starting working on a project team for a company that is transitioning to Agile methodologies, and that means daily scrum meetings. The scrum masters, however, tend to hold their meeting ...
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How to keep a project on track between two departments where there is very little oversight [closed]

I'm a sys admin that leads a weekly meeting between two departments for the upgrade of a system that has reached end of life and we are trying to get it upgraded to a supported platform. We've been ...
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How to deal with a colleague who consistently schedules meetings that should be emails? [duplicate]

I've got a great team to work in and I absolutely love my job, but one of my colleagues will continually insist on meetings, even/especially after a 'long' email discussion. They're often <= 30 ...
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Can a client force me to transfer my (digital) notes to him? [closed]

I'm in a lot of meetings on a daily basis. So I usually take notes to help me remember what we discussed during the meeting and to have a backlog of any tasks I might need to perform. Recently I've ...
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No feedback and not included in any project meetings

I am a QA analyst. I have been testing for a little over 2 years now and I recently (~ 4 months ago) started a job at a small company with less than 20 employees. I work alongside another senior QA ...
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Strategies to organize meetings when everyone talks at the same time?

Background I work in the IT area of a product company. By definition I am a developer, but since we are somewhat small, some of us take more than one role/responsibility. Almost everything here is ...
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Is it normal to have daily 1:1 meetings with your boss?

I work as a Software Engineer in a large company. My team of six has daily stand-up meetings to chat about what we did/will be doing for that day. I also have a bi-weekly one-on-one with my own ...
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What is the threshold between deciding to send an email or schedule a meeting? [closed]

I would like to ask a colleague for some advice on a project, but I am unsure as to whether an email would suffice or if I should schedule a meeting. What things should I consider when making this ...
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Alternative to saying "good night" on remote meetings

I have a weekly Skype meeting with a colleague who lives on another continent. Our meeting happens in the morning for me and in the night time for him (around 9pm). He always starts out the meeting ...
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How to politely decline integration meeting

I have signed a new contract recently. My start date is in 2 months. I will be a remote worker, the company headquarters is really far away from me - an 8 hour car trip. They are organizing an ...
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Offered an informal meeting with another company - what is that?

Background I'm 21 years old, working for company A since three months. I joined company A for an internship, I'm working with them part-time and I want to stay with them at least until next September, ...
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Unofficial meeting during house hunting trip

I will start a new job in a month. I just came to the city yesterday (where I will work) for house-hunting, and I am staying at a hotel very close to my office location. I will be here for three days ...
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Colleague facing redundancy has asked me to accompany her to HR meeting

The place where I work is currently making redundancies. Cuts are being made and 20 people are at risk of losing their jobs. I'm not at risk but my colleague is and she's been invited to a meeting ...
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Leaving a Meeting with permission, but someone was offended [closed]

During my first month in this new job, I was invited to a meeting. I came on time, but I realised my colleagues already started many minutes before. At some point, I was lost, I didn't know what ...
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Getting Point Across During Meetings with National Debater?

We have weekly meetings of around 10 people. One of those 10 people has won various debate tournaments and qualified for national debate competitions in his past. As a result, whenever we are deciding ...
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How to politely decline a meeting request?

About a month ago, my company (builds software) has decided to implement new management hierarchy. Under this change, we have one Project Manager (PM) for multiple projects, whose responsibility is to ...
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"Yearly meeting", Germany, how common is it to be fired? [closed]

Reopen voters: check this comment. Recently I had some troubles with one of the bosses of my employer company, and I think he is now working on my firing. Fortunately, other bosses are sympathising ...
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Sharing a video in a video conference call [closed]

I have an interesting question. My company and a client will be having a meeting over Skype for business. I have prepared some videos that I would like to show at the meeting. I would like to stream ...
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How to prevent non-technical and disruptive persons from coming to our technical meetings? [closed]

I work in a small team and recently we had to merge with another team (slightly larger) in a business vertical. Both teams are dealing with some satellite applications related to Business Intelligence....
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How to best pitch my side project to my boss?

Our company develops and markets a series of software products. I'm a software developer. I've been working on a side project for the last month and a half outside of working hours. This is a product ...
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How can a spreadsheet replace a monthly review meeting? [closed]

The company I work in used to do monthly review meetings. Since last year this was changed and we use spreadsheets now instead. We fill them with the projects the boss decides should be a priority, ...
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How to tell senior level coworker I don't want to attend meeting

I started a new job recently, and my boss works remotely, so an onsite senior level employee sort of fills the roll of my boss. There is a several-hour long meeting tomorrow in the afternoon that goes ...
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How do I conduct an effective 1-2-1 meeting?

I manage a team of subordinates and as part of my role I carry out 1-2-1 meetings. At the moment, 1-2-1 meetings typically last around 10 minutes and are conducted every 4 weeks. An hour is ...
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How to say “that I am not against/countering your opinion” to the boss politely?

I have an issue with a situation that happens a lot of the time. When I converse with my boss, he sometimes misunderstands some point in the discussion and talks from that point of view. However if I ...
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Should you ever correct anyone, when it actually matters? [duplicate]

Should you ever correct other people when they make significant mistakes in an enviroment without customers (ie. relevants amounts of time would be wasted or whole projects fail)? If you have to do ...
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Is it professional to leave a meeting early if attendees are late and it runs over work hours?

I don't mind staying late to get something done in a fire drill, or to meet deadlines, but if there's a meeting that runs over the working hours that you've communicated to your co-workers (in a ...
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Is there any rules of thumb when waiting near someone's office for them to finish an impromptu meeting?

I occasionally need to deal directly with the General Managers of the divisions in our office. Usually these are quick things that warrant a small disruption of their day; requested project ...
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How to politely say my plans have changed, and I can now catch up for a quick meeting

Addendum: I am in Vietnam from Australia on a 2 week business trip. I came here to meet with Company A, which I did on my first week of coming up here (last week Friday). Four days after meeting (...
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She told me not to talk during meetings, but was she right? [closed]

I was hired to work specifically on a new project for a large company. After working there for 4 months the department head scheduled a team wide meeting to discuss the project. We all gathered (...
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Is it better to have two short meetings or one bigger one when not everyone can attend the same one [closed]

I've been tasked with organizing a meeting with part of my team before another meeting I'll have with the head of my department. I have to get feedback from everyone on certain questions that were ...
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How to deal with someone ignoring meeting room etiquette

My employer has one meeting room, there is a system that allows you to book it. It was booked today for a two hour meeting for 7-8 developers to discuss a project. Just before that meeting was due to ...
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Meeting request from a Senior person only to be handed off to a Junior person

I was recently contacted by a senior recruiter on Linkedin. She introduced herself and wrote "I am keen to introduce myself and ask your advice [...]" This person seem to have a lot of experience and ...
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Lunch meetings and time sheets

So I work in an organization where we record our time spent at work in a program called "time management system", for the most part its pretty relaxed (it gets approved by your manager and what not). ...
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On Scheduling Meetings [closed]

One of the few things I've noticed in the workplace is that things often times don't start and end on time. I know that this isn't out of malice, estimated times and actual times to discuss a subject ...
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How can I express that excessive meetings are distracting me from the actual work I'm discussing in them?

I work in devops for a central team, and am involved in a project that has multiple smaller teams working together. As the devops personnel for this project, I'm required to be at multiple meetings a ...
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Is it considered rude to get a drink of mocha at a meeting before your client arrives? [closed]

Here is the situation: I have a meeting scheduled with a client/stakeholder/co-worker at 12pm, and I arrive at 11:50am and order myself a drink before they arrive. They end up arriving at a ...
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Got left out of an important meeting - should I be concerned?

A team member and I recently worked on a small part of a pretty big (and high profile) issue. This person looked up relevant details on the prod website and I looked up relevant details on the ...
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Is it ok to show partners (company) you have money?

We are a new company looking to work with larger mature firms. Considering we are a startup, we have had rejections from large companies who we actually wanted to buy products from. I believe they ...
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How do I have a successful meeting with my CEO?

I will meet the CEO of my company together with several other randomly chosen employees. I work at a large corporation in the car industry. As a student I'm currently working on my bachelor thesis. I ...
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"You were not born at that time". Is this an insulting statement in US workplace meeting? [closed]

I was really not born at the time when the joke, the senior personnel shared, was popular . I smiled with the crowd, but it was obvious for everyone that I did not get the joke. This happened in a ...
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Should I be worried about being left out of the loop?

I'm currently working on a new project that will get integrated into 3 more projects (of which all I'm partially responsible for). As of late, I've been hearing of certain demos and meetings that are ...
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Is "all hands" TGIF meeting mandatory? [closed]

If the employer calls it an all-hands TGIF meeting, is it implying that the meeting is mandatory, or that everyone can attend, but doesn't have to?
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Colleagues laughing at my reply [closed]

About me : I am reserved person and I do not talk much. I have a good rapport with my team mates and my team lead. The project on which I work has 30-40 employess divided into 4-5 teams. This ...

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