Problem: Your department meetings have too much socializing, especially at the beginning. People are complaining that the weekly gathering runs longer than it should.
Advice: Address it with the group by citing some specifics, says Amy Henderson of Henderson Training.
Say, “You know, I received feedback that our last two meetings went longer than scheduled, and I’m concerned about that. But I also noticed that we started more than 15 minutes late. I’d like to propose that we recommit to starting on time, so we can end on time. Can everyone do that?”
Make “starting on time” one of the ground rules for meetings, and make those ground rules visible at the start of every meeting. Repetition works wonders.