Town Hall Twilight Zone

Yesterday I got an office wide notice that there was going to be a “town hall” meeting at 1:00 with some head of something or other at Big Red Canada. Since it was taking place in another city, there was also an invitation to call in. Things being what they are at Big Red (ie, nobody really cares about anything any more), I ignored it. Meetings blow anyway. I avoid them whenever possible.

After lunch, I came back into the building through the cafeteria. I heard some guy talking on what I thought was the paging system, and then I realized this was the remote broadcast of the town hall meeting. The giant screen was up and showing a slide. The newly hired facilities manager was manning the projector. And there was only one other person in the room. He was sitting in the back corner, eating a late lunch and reading the newspaper.

Not one person was interested in this meeting. What does that say about us? What does that say about the organizers, that they couldn’t convince one person to show up? What does it say about “town hall” meetings? A town hall meeting used to mean that people got to voice their opinions. Now it’s usually just about the Head of Whatever telling us how it is. It isn’t breaking news, it isn’t all that important, and it sure isn’t a chance to be heard.

One other thing. I don’t know about anyone else, but if I were broadcasting a meeting that nobody showed up for, I’d shut it down and take 20. But that’s just me.


~ by standupmimi on December 4, 2008.

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