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Are all meetings necessary? 所有的会议都是必要的吗?

分享到: 2019-12-31 17:23:00 BBC英语教学

摘要:一项新研究表明,我们参加的会议数量比以往任何时候都多,所以花在听和说上的时间也比实际工作的时间要多。那么,这些会议都是有必要开的吗?开会的目的是什么?是用来讨论工作、做决策?还是与同事建立友好关系、聊天的好时机?“随身英语” 讨论工作会议的三两事。

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Are all meetings necessary? 所有的会议都是必要的吗?


一项新研究表明,我们参加的会议数量比以往任何时候都多,所以花在听和说上的时间也比实际工作的时间要多。那么,这些会议都是有必要开的吗?开会的目的是什么?是用来讨论工作、做决策?还是与同事建立友好关系、聊天的好时机?“随身英语” 讨论工作会议的三两事。

Vocabulary: work 词汇:工作

It’s time for another meeting! If you have a job, the chances are some of your working week will be taken up attending a few of them. You and your colleagues will gather together in a meeting room, be talked at for an hour and come out wondering what was the point of it? Of course, it is sometimes necessary to meet to discuss things, share information, voice your opinion and agree a way forward – but are there any other benefits?

Recent research has suggested that we attend more meeting than ever before – and that's more time listening and talking than actually doing our jobs. Professor Patrik Hall from the University of Malmo told the BBC that this is partly due to more “meetings-intense” roles such as managerial and strategy jobs. These require more meetings with teams and other stakeholders. But, he says, despite there being more of them, "few decisions are made".

It’s possible that it’s managers on a power trip who set up these meetings – a way of controlling staff, imposing new rules and regulations and asserting their authority. But as Professor Hall points out: "Many managers don't know what to do," and when they are "unsure of their role", they respond by generating more meetings. And to make matters worse, some meetings involve a pre or post-meeting which eats into even more of the working day.

But the researchers from the University of Malmo have found that a meeting can be seen as a form of ‘therapy’ – it doesn’t have to have an outcome and doesn’t have to be meaningless. So, if you’re just doodling or glancing at your smartphone as your boss drones on, it’s worth considering that a meeting can be an opportunity to demonstrate your talents, express frustration, question ideas and spend time bonding with your colleagues.

There are a few things to be considered if a meeting is to be a success: it needs an agenda that is adhered to plus an opportunity to discuss any other business, and it should be booked for a short period of time – otherwise the meeting will expand to fit the time that’s been allocated. And, as Professor Hall says, the “equality” of participants is important. But I think I just prefer the advice of Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, who urged colleagues to walk out of meetings as soon as it becomes obvious that they are not adding value. "It's not rude to leave," he explains. "It's rude to make someone stay and waste their time." Right, I’m off!

词汇表

colleague 同事
talk at someone 滔滔不绝地(对某人)说,(不顾对方感受)而不停地说
voice one’s opinion 发表某人的观点
role 职责,岗位
managerial 管理上的
strategy 策略
stakeholder 有利益相关的人
power trip 自我膨胀,享受权利带来的喜悦
staff 员工
impose 强制实行
assert authority 维护权威
therapy 治疗,疗法
doodling (心不在焉时)随手乱画
drone on 喋喋不休
talent 才能
frustration 挫败感
bond 紧密团结,建立关系
agenda 会议议程
adhered to 遵守,坚持
participant 参会者,参加者
add value 增加价值

测验与练习

1. 阅读课文并回答问题。

1. According to research, what’s one of the reasons why we have more meetings these days?

2. According to the article, how do some managers respond to being unsure about their role?

3. True or false? A meeting is a chance to bond with your colleagues and doesn’t have to have an outcome.

4. Name something that can help make a meeting a success.

5. Why might a meeting ‘expand’?

2.请在不参考课文的情况下完成下列练习。选择一个意思合适的单词填入句子的空格处。

1. I’m _______ a conference about climate change in London next week – do you want to join me?

doodling bonding attending talked at

2. My maths teacher has such a boring voice. She just _______ about algebra and how great it is!

droning on drones on drones at droned off

3. I like to go for a drink with my _______ after work – it’s a good chance for us all to moan about the boss.

participants colleagues bonding stakeholders

4. Yusuf really showed off his _______ in the kitchen by baking the most amazing chocolate cake!

talents frustration authority doodling

5. If this trade deal is going to work, you must _______ the terms of the contract you signed.

adhered to adhere on adhere to adhering to

答案

1. 阅读课文并回答问题。

1. According to research, what’s one of the reasons why we have more meetings these days?
There are more “meetings-intense” roles, such as managerial and strategy jobs, which require more meetings.

2. According to the article, how do some managers respond to being unsure about their role?
According to Professor Patrik Hall, when managers are unsure of their role, they respond by generating more meetings.

3. True or false? A meeting is a chance to bond with your colleagues and doesn’t have to have an outcome.
True. A meeting can be an opportunity to bond with your colleagues and it doesn’t have to have an outcome.

4. Name something that can help make a meeting a success.
The article mentioned having an agenda, keeping meetings short and having “equality of participants” – so everyone has a chance to take part.

5. Why might a meeting ‘expand’?
A meeting might run for longer than necessary just to fit the time it is booked for.

2. 请在不参考课文的情况下完成下列练习。选择一个意思恰当的单词填入句子中的空格处。

1. I’m attending a conference about climate change in London next week – do you want to join me?

2. My maths teacher has such a boring voice. She just drones on about algebra and how great it is!

3. I like to go for a drink with my colleagues after work – it’s a good chance for us all to moan about the boss.

4. Yusuf really showed off his talents in the kitchen by baking the most amazing chocolate cake!

5. If this trade deal is going to work, you must adhere to the terms of the contract you signed.

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