March 31, 2008
— Gabriel Malor No thanks, boss, I'd rather you didn't. Oh, laptopless. That's a different story.
Distractions from laptops and other devices are causing many San Francisco companies to say they are going "topless" -- no electronic devices at meetings.
Many companies are banning electronics during meetings after getting increasing complaints of sidetracked workers slowing down productivity, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
"Laptops, Blackberries, Sidekicks, iPhones and the like keep people from being fully present. Aside from just being rude, partial attention generally leads to partial results," said Todd Wilkens of Adaptive Path, a San Francisco design firm.
Having to make eye contact will probably be a new experience for a lot folks. Let's be honest, nobody likes meetings and most people are skeptical about their usefulness. Half of every company or firm meeting I've ever been in is spent simply helping the slowest person catch up. Once whoever is in charge decides that meetings are supposed to give everyone a complete situational awareness of activities in the office, you might as well hang up a sign: "Not Doing Anything Today."
That's the whole point of having a laptop or other device that connects to the outside world. Now, you can get some actual work done while everyone else is getting filled in on the Important Action Alerts. Or, y'know, play a little Text Twist, check your email, and make dinner plans.
Thanks for crushing my dreams......
Posted by: Kyle at March 31, 2008 06:39 AM (LoJT5)
Posted by: DCA at March 31, 2008 06:43 AM (OEnTM)
I was wondering about that. I've been at home with the kids for years, but people were starting to carry laptops into meetings and such when I got out. Seemed like a great way to get more work done, since meetings were usually the worst use of time.
IM-ing one of the other people in the meeting always seemed like a good way to cause lots of trouble.
Posted by: MamaAJ at March 31, 2008 06:56 AM (X6Zdh)
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Posted by: UncleZeb at March 31, 2008 08:25 AM (/DoLk)
Posted by: Leslie at March 31, 2008 08:35 AM (OLbi5)
"Excuse me, but could you surf "Lesbian Spank Inferno" on your own time? We're working on the APA format now."
A flood of mid-semester grade warnings -- you're not actually present if you're surfing the 'net or texting -- helped stem the tide, as well.
Posted by: crankyprof at March 31, 2008 08:36 AM (mlPw2)
Posted by: UncleZeb at March 31, 2008 08:42 AM (/DoLk)
An event where the minutes are kept, and the hours are lost...
Posted by: Rich at March 31, 2008 08:50 AM (q/R92)
Posted by: crankyprof at March 31, 2008 09:12 AM (mlPw2)
Posted by: Gabriel at March 31, 2008 09:16 AM (PRetR)
Yesterday, at the casino I frequent, they rolled out their promotional giveaways for April: "We're Going Topless."
You can win a convertible. Sadly, I was thinking about our damn-hot pit boss shedding that businessy suit.
Give me all the Hillary jokes you want, but pantsuit + cleavage = teh hawt.
Posted by: Johnny Coldcuts at March 31, 2008 09:23 AM (e3YS3)
Oh fuck, forgot to de-cloak from the masquerade ball.
This Johnny Coldcuts costume was getting a little ripe.
Posted by: marchand chronicles at March 31, 2008 09:24 AM (e3YS3)
So, if I catch undergraduates doing it, I give 'em a zero for class participation for that day. If you're not present because you're jerking around on the 'net, it's going to earn you a bad grade.
Posted by: crankyprof at March 31, 2008 09:25 AM (mlPw2)
Posted by: Maetenloch at March 31, 2008 10:10 AM (KjTXS)
Having to make eye contact will probably be a new experience for a lot folks.
That's considered sexual harassment in a lot of places.
Posted by: TallDave at March 31, 2008 01:41 PM (kv6le)
And I have to say, the last time I taught a college class, it was in a new basement classroom that was nicely wired for all my needs, but there was no cell signal down there. It was a delight to watch all the students come in the first day, yank out their phones before class, and get this confused look on their cute little faces.
Posted by: K at March 31, 2008 03:16 PM (snOiD)
Posted by: Desert Cat at March 31, 2008 03:20 PM (Q8AsJ)
Posted by: Purple Avenger at March 31, 2008 03:30 PM (tvnQf)
This will not stand. The term 'topless' cannot be taken by Corporatespeak. It must retain its only meaning- femmes stripped to the waist, as God intended.
I hate this Orwellian appropriation of perfectly good words for evil use.
Posted by: along came Jones at March 31, 2008 03:37 PM (aJtCl)
I used to work for Bell Atlantic, before they changed their name to Verizon.
Anyway, they liked to have meetings an awful lot.
After being in a whole bunch of these, I developed a rule of thumb for meetings:
If no more than 50% of the time spent at the meeting was a complete and utter waste of time, then it was a successful meeting.
I mean, some are more useless than others, but, on average, you really can't expect much better than that.
Posted by: Lewis at March 31, 2008 04:53 PM (23X4s)
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