How many times have you been to a meeting that was
nothing more than a disguise to beat up on someone (or
everyone)? This is what we call a “meating”. The Bizerm
comes from the impression of the people attending the
meeting because they feel they are being treated like raw
meat.

Meeting is typically a result of “chicken” management. A
problem arises because an employee broke policy or made
a critical mistake. Rather than sit down one-on-one with the
culprit, the manger pulls the entire department together to
“lay down the law”.

Here is an actual meating that took place in a Rochester
Hills business that will remain nameless. Construction on the
road in front of the office was creating major traffic jams at
quitting time. Catherine decided she would get a head start
by pushing out five minutes early. After a few days
management gathered the employees together for a quick
team huddle. All employees were told there would be no
pushing out early. All employees except Catherine thought
to themselves, “This ought to take care of Catherine’s early
departures.”

However Catherine sat in the meating wondering who the
others were that were leaving early. No positive result came
of the meating.

Disciplinary meetings are obviously required when things
get out of hand across a wide range of employees. However
the purpose of the meeting is to move forward – not to beat
people into submission. Focus on a new policy or
procedure but to not harp on the mistakes or problems
beyond a brief reference to lay the groundwork for the new
structure.

Use this term for developing skills in these areas:
Bizerm™
"Meating"
A Bizerm™ is a new business term combining two
descriptive words into a single word or phrase whose
definition is often only known by those using it. To
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