HP Innovation Journal Issue 10: Fall 2018 - Page 42

We’ve all seen the meme: A children’s playset is arranged to look like a pretend office scenario with a miniaturized table, chairs and “conference” phone. Around it, children reenact a workplace meeting to hilarious effect. The product is called “The Soul-Crushing Meeting.” Its tagline: “Now your kids can suffer just like you!” There’s too much truth to the joke. In the U.S., American companies hold 11 million meetings a day, with unproductive ones costing the country $37 billion a year. Tips and tricks for holding productive meetings abound, from drafting concise agendas to Jeff Bezos’s meeting-size limit of two pizzas’ worth of people. Now advanced technologies seem poised to relieve some of that pain. Innovation Journal Issue Ten