Ever heard about time management? It’s more than just a phrase. If you ever attend workshops, you will hear it discussed regularly. They will probably make you open your calendar, shrink your meetings and even teach you to make faster and more efficient meetings (come with your agenda, action items, summary and so on).
But that’s just the meetings. What about the rest of the day? The obscene amount of emails you’re getting, which sometimes feel like they are suffocating you, the need for speed when clearing out your inbox, deleting, compartmentalizing and closing tasks. Not to mention the threads, which feel like a game of snakes, where the snake (and the thread) just keeps getting longer and longer. Ping-ponging emails between groups where at some point no one knows who is responding to whom. Then there are the endless Slacks. I won’t even get into the complexities of that as frankly this article is not meant to ruin your mood. It’s meant to, maybe just help you. But what’s apparent is that something here needs to change, right? So many productivity tools, time saving calendars, devices, collaboration tools and yet no one has figured out the perfect way to save time in the workplace. Well, we believe it all starts and ends with the decisions you make at work. Just like the best teams, the best decisions need to be made in an agile and transparent way, where everyone can be included on the relevant decisions, where hopefully all team players are aligned (not necessarily with the decision, but certainly with the decisions that need to be made). Let’s all just make a great decision and then move on to the next? Can’t we?
How decision-making meetings were..
Traditionally meetings are set up using an email thread to find a date that suits everyone, and then once that has been painstakingly reached, a calendar event is sent out. From there you have to wait for people to reply and not everyone is going to be able to make it. Some of the key stakeholders may not even be able to attend after all. So actually in that meeting, you may have to accept the fact that no decision will be made, and certainly you may not be able to collect the key data and information in order to make the best decision.
How decision-making meetings can be..
If I suggested you could make many effective decisions at a faster rate with no email threads, no meetings and no eCal and no Slacks, how would you feel? Well, that’s where MENT comes in..
Open a MENT discussion.
With MENT you can open a discussion across your team or teams by initially asking the right question eg. What should our main KPI for 2019 be? How can we improve retention? What should we prioritise next?
Once you have done that, you already have the key stakeholders involved and included. They will all receive a notification and everyone can give his/her opinion and support it by referencing data, plus they can agree or disagree with their colleagues and give detailed reasoning if they wish. Now here’s the clever bit, the platform with it’s AI will automatically calculate the score of each answer and opinion and will moderate the entire discussion to highlight the leading answers. Once that is done you as the decision-maker will be able to open the analytics page and make an informed and credible decision based on all the knowledge to hand.
Just look at the summary and you are ready to make your decision fast. Once you have, the system will announce the decision made to all relevant participants so you save time, and effort.
Better decisions are made based on facts and on logical arguments, it’s just much easier and faster to see them in the MENT.
So that my friends is how you save time at work!