"Meeting Gloom" Today’s new, more accurate business term is “Meeting Gloom”. It refers to the items that clutter or mess up a meeting room. They are a problem for two chief reasons: distraction and human capital commitment.
They are a distraction for attendees.
Neat-nuts will be turned off by the mess while curious minds will scan the mess looking for things of interest. Eyes wander through cluttered areas of meetings rooms when the meeting ceases to be of interest to a participant. Their mind will wander and the meeting room mess will give the fodder a hold on their attention.
The second problem is that it send an unprofessional message to employees and company visitors. It is subliminal to some and obvious to others that the person or department responsible for the meeting room undervalues human capital contribution.
A particularly egregious offense can be found at some of the older plants in Detroit where meetings rooms sometimes have signs warning of the carcinogen asbestos in the room.
Meetings are much more effective and productive when held in a room free of clutter. This includes the table, any counters, or equipment being stored.
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