Recently there has been a series of articles about the idea of banning laptops or electronic devices in the meetings.
Some companies like Skift went ahead and implemented the policy of banning the laptops from the meetings.
Even though we are a company that is focussed on meetings, we strongly advocate not having meetings in the first place and if you have, make sure that they are efficient and useful.
We completely understand the above-mentioned article’s perspective. When you feel that a particular tool or a medium is distracting from accomplishing a job, we think that it’s a good idea to avoid it completely.
From a practical point of view, it’s a bit hard to not have to any laptops and phones during the meetings. It’s a common thing to look for a piece of new information during the meetings. How to do we work in those scenarios? How can we share the new information that was not shared earlier? Are we going to print all the information related to the meetings?
Our lives and work are so intertwined with these devices, that we cannot practically work without them.
There are a couple of things that can be done to decrease the distractions in meetings like carry only one electronic gadget and making sure that all the tabs and applications are closed and the device doesn’t receive any unnecessary information.
Whether we like it or not, technology is going to play a much major our lives at the moment and a much bigger role in the future. The question to address here is, how do we tame the beast that would be useful to us, instead of avoiding it completely.