Monday, April 7, 2008

A Neurotypical Sacrament: The Business Meeting

There's an interesting piece running on Monster Blog saying that a certain Steven Rogelberg, director professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, discovered that potentially as many as two-thirds of American workers would prefer to have at least one meeting per day.

Oh my GOD.

Say it ain't so!

A journalist named Jared Sandberg last month fingered all sorts of flamingly neurotypical traits as being explanations for business meetings:
  • "They feed our social nature." - Watch it with the "our" there, buddy ...

  • "They’re 'company-sanctioned prattle' sessions -- essentially, an excuse to get together on company time for chit-chat." - "Chit-chat" - and probably NOT about last week's Galactica episode or the Kathleen Seidel situation.

  • "They serve as show of power for the organizer(s)." - fastest way known to man to irritate an Aspergian

  • "They just might include free food." - This is usually a good draw for Aspergians, but generally not at the cost of being lectured for 90 solid minutes about BULLsh*t.

No, although, yes, I think you can pick it apart into pieces, the fact of the matter is that neurotypicals get a raging jones off of meetings. They LOVE them. I have seem them literally risk life and limb through 11" of ice and snow to get to meetings. They slit their own mother's throat to get to a meeeting.

One of the many, many reasons they confuse me ...

3 Comments:

At April 8, 2008 at 9:10 PM, Blogger Mark Miller said...

Are you lonely working on your own?
Hate making decisions?
Rather talk about it than do it?
Then hold a Meeting!

You get to:
Drink coffee and eat donuts,
Socialize with others,
Hear yourself speak,
Offload important decisions,
Write meaningless notes,
Feel important,
Impress your colleagues,

All on the company's dime.

Meetings: The practical alternative to work!

 
At April 9, 2008 at 1:42 AM, Anonymous conspiracynut said...

Jesus fuckin christ, no wonder i don't fit in with corporate america.

 
At April 12, 2008 at 7:10 PM, Blogger Bob King said...

"Email me the minutes" - my aspy wife's response to endless meetings. Of course, she does show up at some, and sucks all the NT fun out of them by pretty much stating that she has 15 minutes and needs to be gone then.

And since it's true and everyone adores her (since she does the jobs of three people), she gets away with it.

 

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