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How can I make other execs take HR meetings seriously?

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John Wilcox

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in Human Resources,The HR Specialist Forum

My fellow directors are always late for the HR-related meetings I call, usually more than 10 minutes late. I've tried to schedule more time between meetings, give them plenty of notice, provide all the background materials well in advance and all the other basic ideas to help keep them on time. Nothing works, and frankly, I think it shows a lack of respect for the HR function. Has anyone found something that has worked for this problem?—E.J., Minn.

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Ismael Tabije July 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Have you tried “looking yourself in the mirror” to see if you are the one who is making the meeting uninteresting? Maybe these articles could help in your efforts:

“7 Expert Time Management Tips On How to Run Effective and Productive Meetings” – http://is.gd/P0jusB

“Holding Effective Meetings Can Be Easier than You Think” – http://is.gd/GaSn1k

Good luck….


Karen April 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm

How often do you call meetings? Could the subject matter be communicated in email or handouts rather than by having a meeting? Some of your colleagues could be suffering from an “overdose” of meetings, so if there are other ways of getting the information to them or reaching decisions on different matters, please consider trying some.


Brad H April 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm

It seems pretty clear these guys (it is guys right?) don’t place much value on HR. You are not going to be able to convince them on your own if you have been doing all the things you say. You need to get THEIR boss to lean on them. One possible angle would be to emphasize the potential costs orf an HR screw up. There aren’t too many ways a company could wind up having greater liability and all the $ costs associated than by messing up basic HR. Remind your president/owner/CEO how much your org spends on ELL coverage. Then walk him through the legal minefield of hazards that could result from not complying with basic HR requirements. Put a price tag on it. Then ask him to take that message to his direct reports — show up for these meetings and take them seriously because we can’t afford for you guys to mess up on basic HR issues.


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