Wednesday, February 11, 2009

We need to discuss what we discussed in the meeting

As I probably have pointed out way too many times by now, I'm pretty used to corporate insanity and stupidity and I've probably gotten used to most of it, but there are still some instances when I can get completely floored by something going on in the company.

A little bit earlier I was asked to participate in a meeting to discuss some of our projects which Mr. "We Have A Serious Problem" is responsible of, due to some unclarities in whether we, as a company, are adhering to the proper rules and regulations. The theme of the meeting was appropriate and nothing I had any issues with, since the company might be stupid, but we are trying to adhere to the appropriate ethics associated with the healthcare business. However, since I am no actively in charge of this project and by no means an expert, I declined to participate but asked them to provide me with the results of the meeting so I can stay informed.

Apparently they had a meeting for 2-3 hours and later in the day I got sent the minutes of the meeting as Mr. "We Have A Serious Problem" compiled them and sent them out. From the corner of my eye, I could follow how the other participants kept having additions and amendments to the meeting sent back and forward to each other (a lot of mails were deleted that day by without being read...). Without following the details I could clearly see that there was a certain amount of disagreement to what actually had been said in the meetings and to my mild amusement I could see how some people wanted to add things that actually hadn't been said or decided upon...

Then, the mail that really floored me came... Obviously from Mr. WHASP and it requested another meeting for 2 hours to "confirm the minutes of the previous meeting"! I couldn't stop myself from laughing out loud at my desk, probably temporarily dropping my mask of sanity. I cannot say how happy I am that I declined to participate in the first meeting!


William said...

Some things are always the same, no matter where you are in the world.

I was just recently commenting to a co-worker that after 3 years of crazy meetings, I'm finally to the point that I don't care. They just wash over me.

I'm actually to the point that I wouldn't have opted out of that meeting, were I in your shoes. I'd happily have just sat through it, and the re-meeting, and so be it. -sigh-

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Mr. Salaryman said...

Haha, well, yeah, I have nothing against an organized meeting with an actual purpose even though they can be rare, but since I usually have some real work that needs to be done I try to opt out of the most horrible ones.

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