The answer is because we love to have them. Meetings are about sharing ideas, being creative and working through innovative outcomes. OK, I will remove my rose tinted spectacles! Meetings have become a necessary evil of our every day life and I suppose if you think about it, if we didn’t sit down and engage with our colleagues we would all be running around like loose cannons with everybody on a separate mission. I can sense the cynical smirk on your face!

Somebody once said that a meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours are wasted. So who is to blame for all these meetings? Who put us on this roadmap? ( a phrase that they love to use in meetings by the way). I’ll tell you who….

Ever since the industrial revolution we have been obsessed with having meetings. Yes there were meetings before the industrial revolution but these tended to be more like war councils where the only thing on the agenda was who, why, what, where and when to attack. Life was so much simpler then!

Yes, we can blame the industrial revolution for the start of the formal meeting. With the advent of business and commerce the introduction of the meeting was inevitable. Then again, I suppose the industrial revolution did take some planning. Let’s face it; it wasn’t a back of a fag packet exercise. Somehow I can’t imagine the likes of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and James Brindley winging it!

However, look at us now. We have telephone conferencing, video conferencing, webinars, you name it we will have a meeting about it. In fact we even have meetings about meetings. It has been estimated that nearly 40% of an employee’s time is spent in meetings so we have to resign our self to the fact that meetings are here to stay and we need to be prepared for them. We don’t just mean coming up with an agenda, an objective and some action points. We also mean appropriate furniture – if you are going to spend nearly 40% of your time in meetings you might as well be comfortable, surrounded by meeting room furniture that is pleasing to the eye and creates the right impression.

We have an incredible range of meeting room furniture to suit all budgets so investigate our range and choose carefully – you will probably be seeing this furniture quite a lot!

Last Modified / Updated on: March 16, 2017 at 11:52 am

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