Time to concentrate: Uber wants to introduce two meeting-free working days

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picture alliance / ZUMAPRESS.com | John Marshall Mantel The service company Uber has designated two days in the summer that no meetings should take place. The company wants to give employees time to concentrate on the essentials. Urgent meetings that cannot be postponed can also take place on both days. According to an internal email that Business Insider has received, the US service company Uber plans to determine two Mondays this summer on which no meetings are allowed. These are scheduled for July 12th and August 9th. “We know how tiring it can be to sit in one meeting after another,” writes HR director Nikki Krishnamurthy in the email that was sent to employees across the company. Uber opted for two montages because these “often feel like the most stressful days,” writes Krishnamurthy. The company wants to give employees time to concentrate on the essentials. On the other hand, Friday was out of the question because it is not a working day in some countries in the Middle East. Urgent meetings that cannot be postponed are likely to take place on July 12th and August 9th, but Krishnamurthy advised employees against actively planning meetings on those days. In the near future there will be a reminder in every employee calendar to postpone the meetings to a different time on the two days. In response to a request from Business Insider, the service company refused to comment. Uber’s campaign comes at a time when the number of daily meetings continues to grow across industries. Microsoft reported in March that users of Software Teams spent more than twice as much time in online meetings in February 2021 as in February 2020. During this period, the average meeting time increased from 35 to 45 minutes. A study by the software company from this year also showed that meetings that were held one after the other increase stress and reduce the ability to concentrate. Facebook and the software company Asana have already declared Wednesday a meeting-free day. Four days after Krishnamurthy’s email hit employees, Business Insider reported that Uber had revised its plan to return to the office. This had previously been criticized by the employees. In April, Krishnamurthy asked his employees to be present in the office for three days – but that was not what the workforce wanted. Subsequently, Uber corrected the requirement to be present in the office to 50 percent of working days. The employees should also be able to work from various office “hubs”. They are also allowed to do their work from anywhere for one month a year. There is also the option of being exempted from the requirement to be present. Read too

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