How do you avoid fewer qualitative meetings when the number of participants increases?
Did you have “social loafers” in your meetings today? If any of your meetings had more than 7 people in attendance, it’s likely you did, and as a result you probably didn’t get as much accomplished as you wanted.
According to Psychologist and Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino, “social psychology research has shown that when people perform group tasks (such as brainstorming or discussing information in a meeting), they show a sizable decrease in individual effort than when they perform alone.” This is known as “social loafing” and tends to get worse as the size of the group increases.”
When meetings have more than 7 participants everyone won’t have a chance to talk, and many of them won’t feel the need to. “When many hands are available, people work less hard than they ought to,” explains Gino.
To ensure you get the most out of everyone in your next meeting, make sure you plan for success with the 5 Ps.
Every meeting is an opportunity to innovate, hold people accountable and make your organization succeed. Limit your guest list to seven people, expedite the decision making process for your team and stop social loafing once and for all.
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