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Mandatory Lunch Meetings

Published October 8, 2009 12:57 PM by Lisa West
At our hospital, the baseline for productivity is 75 percent.  In acute care this is attainable on most days, but on some days can be difficult.  Other tests/procedures, medical hold due to unstable lab values, dialysis, and simple patient refusals often make for a rather wasteful day. 

Add to this mix: mandatory lunch meetings.  The policy at work is that these meetings are built into the 25 percent of unproductive (non-billable) time at work. 

I don't think this would bother me as much if I felt as though these meetings were a good use of my time.  I usually walk away from 30 minutes of lecture thinking "I could have read that in a 5-minute email".  I suppose for manager reasons, meetings must be held so each employee is accountable for knowing the information and therefore, cannot plead ignorance on new policies or changes. 

One positive note: Our department usually only has 1 or 2 meetings per month.  At one of my clinicals we spent at least 3, if not 4, days per WEEK in meetings.  Outrageous! 

1 comments

How right you are.

Meetings have always bored me and most of the time the information can be written and read within five minutes. Most of the meetings I have attended have veered off subject and digressed so far off course that I day dream during the event.  

Mini meetings work best to convey a message.  You pass the person in the hall and a quick 30 second to one minute conversation usually gets the job done better than anything I have encountered.

I hope you get paid for the lunch meeting since it is related to work.  

Jason October 10, 2009 9:53 AM

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