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To think its pretty bloody stupid that I have to take a day off sick so

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notanothercold Wed 07-Sep-11 07:20:30

I can get some bloody work done.....meetings all bloody day!

hester Wed 07-Sep-11 07:38:46

Ah yes, I've been there many times.

Ciske Wed 07-Sep-11 07:49:39

In my experience a lot of meetings involve a lot more people than are actually criticial to make the decisions and take too long.

My advice is to take a long critical look at all those meetings and ask if you really need to be there. Is someone else from your team present who can give the same input? Can it become a short conference call instead of a face to face? Do you need to be in the whole meeting or can you attend briefly at the start to give your update?

Learn to say No and negotiate, it's one of the most important lessons I've learned at work.

notanothercold Wed 07-Sep-11 07:50:58

These are compulsory/team meetings ciske

TheOriginalFAB Wed 07-Sep-11 07:53:57

YANBU but you could do something about it rather than calling in sick. Talk to your boss about what isn't being done while you are in meetings and maybe ask if you can work from home one day a week to get more done.

Northernlurkerr Wed 07-Sep-11 07:55:28

Your entire working week is made up of team meetings? hmm

I don't think calling in sick when you aren't is ever justifiable btw.

notanothercold Wed 07-Sep-11 07:55:34

Unfortunately we have been forbidden to work from home and this is a peak time for planning sad So Im hiding.

notanothercold Wed 07-Sep-11 07:55:59

This week is northern...and I only work 3 days a week

MrsSnaplegs Wed 07-Sep-11 07:57:34

Try suggesting everyone stands up for the meetings they take a lot less timegrin

cjbartlett Wed 07-Sep-11 08:05:57

Are you a manager?

AlpinePony Wed 07-Sep-11 08:07:19

Are you public sector? ;)

BTW, sick is sick.

notanothercold Wed 07-Sep-11 08:07:26

No, not quite cj

notanothercold Wed 07-Sep-11 08:07:59

Yes I work in a Uni alpine good guess

cantspel Wed 07-Sep-11 08:12:05

So these meetings are part of your job and you are pulling a sickie to duck out of them?

Never justifiable and an abuse of self certification for illness. Go to work and speak to your manager about the fact you are failing behind with your work due to these extra meetings.

Andrewofgg Wed 07-Sep-11 08:12:20

"Meetings take minutes and waste hours"

cjbartlett Wed 07-Sep-11 08:14:24

Your manager will know you did all your work while you were 'sick' though
Or will they think fairies do it?

GypsyMoth Wed 07-Sep-11 08:20:39

Yes, they will know you aren't really sick.

Thumbwitch Wed 07-Sep-11 08:22:44

I remember well when we started having team meetings in the lab to try and improve efficiency...
oh how we larfed.

notanothercold Wed 07-Sep-11 08:22:44

FWIW I did cough and splutter through yesterday's offerings

Ciske Wed 07-Sep-11 08:28:59

If they are compulsory meetings, then tally up the hours, add the hours you need in addition to that to deal with your other work, and take that evidence to your manager to prove your workload is too high.

If you hide the problem by taking sick days, it'll never go away and in fact, you will make it worse. Your line manager will now think you can deal with all the meetings, do your other work and STILL have a day's sick in there. This week will be evidence that there is slack in your workstack, because they don't know you were working on your sick day.

MamaChocoholic Wed 07-Sep-11 08:29:01

hate the excess meetings. at my last job the head of dept was always at least 30 mins late, so that would waste an additional 10 hours (20 people in the lab meeting). awful.

but really you should be proactive. talk about the meeting culture, and whether it can be changed. we get lots more done in my current job where meetings always start/end on time, and are kept to a minimum, and a minimum of people. if I'm invited to (imo) unnecessary meetings, I do now say that I don't think I can contribute and only go if it's insisted upon.

ohbabybaby Wed 07-Sep-11 08:30:00

I notice you say you work 3 days a week - so a day of compulsary meetings takes up 1/5 of a full timer's working week but 1/3 of yours. (No solution for you just an observation!)

Snorbs Wed 07-Sep-11 08:55:24

I feel your pain - I've had jobs like that. I do agree with tallying up hours spent in meetings vs hours spent doing productive work. Then go to your boss with that list and say "This is the situation, I suggest I drop out of meetings x, y and z so I can crack on with projects a, b and c" and then lay it on thick as to why those projects are so important for making your boss look good the organisation.

Years ago I was told that the most productive meetings by far were those that were held in the car park at 5:30pm on a rainy Friday. And with no more than half a dozen people in attendance. There's a lot of truth in that.

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