Today, an idea for Bad Managers who are struggling to get that one member of the team to attend regular team meetings. You know the one – they are either “too busy”, or “too sick”, or “leaving early”.
It could be because your meetings are a waste of time, Bad Manager – you let people waffle on without getting to an actual point; the agenda is hijacked by the loudest person in the room; people dial in to the meeting and forget to mute their phones, thereby sharing the sounds of barking dogs and supermarkets and cyclonic winds. And everyone wears their busy-ness like a badge of honour – we get it, but WE’RE ALL BUSY, CAROL.
Anyway, if you’re a Bad Manager and there’s someone who keeps outwitting you and avoiding the team meetings, here’s an idea. Make them feel welcome, and special, by issuing them with an old school, handwritten invitation. That way, they’ll think your meeting is actually a super fun party (that may even have cake and gift bags) and you will trick them into attending.
And if you want to take it to the next level of passive aggressive bad management, you might consider using Princess invitations, to really reinforce your point. “Join us for our weekly team meeting” sounds just as exciting as “Join us for Taylah’s 5th birthday” when you put it on an invitation like this. Especially if you use a glitter pen.
[These invitations are by Jot and Mark, and you can buy them on Amazon.]