Every year billions of dollars are wasted due to inefficient meetings. Especially now, in the COVID-19 crisis, we all need to pay attention to effective and efficient meetings. It’s about analyzing our environment at breakneck speed, reducing costs, conserving liquidity, developing new markets and identifying the right support programs, to name just a few of the challenges.
I spend over 25% of my “normal” business life in meetings. I have led good and bad meetings and attended good and bad ones. In this post, I have taken the opportunity to briefly summarize the most important success factors for effective (doing the right things) and efficient (doing things right) meetings from my own perspective.
English is the official company language of fme. While this is a great advantage for an international operating company, I also get sometimes the impression that students (which I usually meet at recruiting events) and other business contacts, such as potential freelancers, are wondering if their language skills are good enough and if they would meet the expectations of the company.
Therefore I would like to give you a little insight into our office culture and how English as a corporate language affects our daily work.
As you most likely know, a growing number of companies are using software to improve internal communication, project collaboration and onboarding. This software is generally replacing an old and dated intranet system that suffers from issues like:
- Overly complex structure (too many groups, unsorted posts, etc.)
- Little activity
- Difficult to use
- Sub-par functionality
For this very reason many companies today are moving away from such static systems. They are looking to replace the huge stores of data that older intranet systems oftentimes resemble with solutions that are heavily focused on the employees.