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Always racing to meetings? It’s slowing you down

By Sarah Green Carmichael

05 Jan 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Tackling meeting overload at work isn't rocket science, argues Bloomberg's Sarah Green Carmichael. Senior leaders must simply take further steps to encourage their employees to be more selective.

The start of a new year is a good time to examine assumptions and habits. That seems to be behind the "calendar purge" with which Shopify greeted 2023.

The company has declared that it is banning meetings on Wednesdays, limiting 50-person-plus meetings to Thursdays, and - for two weeks - killing any meeting with three or more people. The meeting-free fortnight is designed to be a kind of reboot, after which executives are expected to encourage employees to be choosier about which meetings they schedule and attend. And in an acknowledgment that calendar clutter isn't the only way to waste time, they are also pushing workers to be more strategic in how they use Slack.

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