How many times have you been to a meeting that was nothing more than a disguise to discipline employees? Max calls these meeting the more appropriate term "Meating". The term is comes from the impression of the people attending the meeting because they feel they are being treated like raw meat.
Meeting is typically a result of “chicken” management. A problem arises because an employee broke policy or made a critical mistake. Rather than sit down one-on-one with the culprit, the manger pulls the entire department together to “lay down the law”.
Here is an actual meating that took place in a Rochester Hills business that will remain nameless. Construction on the road in front of the office was creating major traffic jams at quitting time. Catherine decided she would get a head start by pushing out five minutes early. After a few days management gathered the employees together for a quick team huddle. All employees were told there would be no pushing out early. All employees except Catherine thought to themselves, “This ought to take care of Catherine’s early departures.”
However Catherine sat in the meating wondering who the others were that were leaving early.
No positive result came of the meating.
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