interruptions and incessant waffling are the pet hate of UK office workers
according to latest research.
than a quarter of those questioned said that people interrupting meetings was
their pet hate, while a further 22 per cent claimed to hate persistent
per cent said colleagues who tried to dominate meetings were their top ‘meeting
menace’, but one in five choose staff that tried to kill ideas as the most
survey was commissioned by learning firm Video Arts, which then compiled a
range of profiles including the waffler, the dominator, the idea assassin, the
turf warrior and the interrupter.
Khaira, CEO Video Arts, said that people often don’t realise they are being
irritating in meetings, as behaviour is often based on pure habit. He also
warned that certain characteristics can have an impact on the success of
meetings and business performance.
are you like in meetings?
waffler: Has difficulty
getting to the point, wastes time and contributes very little
dominator: Tries to take over the meeting, can be aggressive and is
dismissive of others
and can strangle other people’s ideas
warrior: Very defensive,
short fused and will make counter accusations
interrupter: Will change the agenda and disrupt other people