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Raising the Bar in Rehab

Mandatory Lunch Meetings

Published October 8, 2009 12:57 PM by
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! 


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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