The coronavirus pandemic changed the way we work. Burnout, Zoom fatigue and blurring lines between career and life have left workers disoriented and stressed.
When the pandemic hit, Hugo transitioned to an all-remote team with little friction. How? The Four Hour Meeting Week. This initiative has greatly impacted the well-being of our team and the culture of our organization, so we wanted to find a way to share this with the rest of the world.
At Hugo, we love meetings and believe they are critical to the success of almost any organization. Too often though, time in meetings isn’t treated as the valuable asset that it is. Overbooked calendars impair the functioning of organizations, preventing team members from being able to focus on deep, productive work. This challenge hopes to shine a light on this issue and help organizations change.
Yes, this challenge was inspired by our internal 10 Percent Rule at Hugo. Read about how and why, despite making software for better meetings, we have only a 4 Hour Meeting Week.
Of course. This challenge is to make internal meetings matter. It’s not to cut you off from doing your job.
If you’re in sales, support, customer success, or any other department that needs to meet with other people and teams, keep doing your job. It’s with your own team, your direct reports, your bosses.
Of course, a meeting can be replaced with an email, a chat thread (in Slack or Teams), or even just sharing a document.
At Hugo, one of our favorite ways to communicate asynchronously is by recording a Loom video. It doesn’t have to be perfect or pretty—just a quick 2-5 minute screenshare explaining your update and what you need feedback on. People can then respond with bullet points, or with a video of their own.
That’s okay. Not everyone will be able to participate. Even if they don’t, you’ll probably get them to think more critically about adding something to their calendar.
Sure! We do this in public because research shows that having accountability to others dramatically improves your chances of success. If you’re not on social media, just tell someone what you’re doing.