Why Traditional Meetings Don't Work for Millennials

For decades, office meetings created company culture. Meetings boosted moral and created bonds for employees and managers alike.  Currently, Americans work around 1,790 hours and  40 percent of that time is wasted on meetings. Here are the reasons why traditional meetings don’t work for Millennials.

Takes up “Executive” resources

Employees have limited about of time. University of Minnesota neuroscientists, explain that employees have  limited amount of cognitive or what they call "executive" resources to spend while they are in one setting. When employees use their time on meetings they are decreasing productivity for their actual job task.

Millennials want to enhance professional development

Millennials crave personalized professional development. Traditional meetings typically explain the company's targeted goals. Millennials enjoy working in groups not in a traditional lecture style. This generation prefers meeting styles that include externship, role play, and empirical modules. These new meeting styles ultimately enhance their professional development

Traditional meetings don’t help every employee

Most meetings require that all employees that stay the entire time until the end.  Typically,  meetings  are not relevant for everyone daily task. This is a huge time waster.

Companies that focus on how to increase effective communication, decrease number of lecture style meetings and focus on employees as individuals, will reduce their Millennial retention.