Along with horrible bosses, one of the worst complaints in the corporate world is meetings. Not only do they fill your calendar and prevent you from putting together more than 45 minutes of uninterrupted time on a project, but once you’re in them you’re often faced with combative power plays and droning Powerpoints.
Once again, technology has made its mark. With employees working from all points of the map in a global economy, online meetings are becoming more commonplace. How often are you expected to meet in person? Do people collaborate using Skype, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, or other video conferencing tools? Is it grounds for dismissal if someone is typing loudly into their speakerphone during a conference call because they don’t know how to use the mute button (oh how I wish it were that easy).
When you’re on the subject, ask about online, collaborative ways that you’ll be evaluated. With less face time with your manager, there needs to be a better way to have a consistent feedback loop.
Jim Hopkinson is an author, writer, and speaker living in New York City. His focus is on career development for the new economy, showing how new media, technology and branding are changing how people look at their career and lifestyle. Read more...