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3 views: Meetings are bad, yo. Choose emails


It’s a long weekend here in the United States, meaning office workers, at least, get a three-day break from the dreaded meeting. We wanted to take this time to offer up an impassioned defense of … email.
Hear us out. It’s conventional wisdom that meetings are killers of productivity and morale and happy work environments. So why not write an email?
We know email has its drawbacks, too — it’s hard to manage and riddled with spam. But as work moves ever more online, it’s superior to meetings. Two inbox zeroers and one Chaos Muppet drowning in notifications — see if you can guess who’s who! — tell you why.
Ram Iyer: Do you love meetings, or do you just hate writing?
Back when I used to smoke, I also used to work at a publication that had frequent and immensely unproductive meetings. Most of our team of over 20 people would just sit by quietly …

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