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too many meetings and emails

Comment 6th July 2010

Despite views to the contrary, many managers in the public sector are working hard to improve services.  However, they do not work smartly or always spend their time wisely.  If meetings were limited to two days per week in every public sector organisation, with the rest of the time being spent on actually doing something then things would get done much more quickly.  Sometimes, it can take a year of people meeting to talk about something before anything gets done.  Limiting meetings would force managers to think about why they were meeting, whether a meeting was absolutely necessary and would limit the time that people met for.  Hopefully this would result in improved chairing of meetings which presently allow meetings to start late and and run over time. 

Similarly, limiting the number of emails public sector managers are permitted to send would have the same effect.

Why does this matter?

My idea is important as it would save the country millions of pounds per year.

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