Asynchronous meetings offer a flexible and efficient way to collaborate. Here's what they're all about and how we use them to our advantage at Runn.
In a world where the boundaries between work and personal life are becoming increasingly blurred, the demand for flexible and efficient communication methods has never been higher.
Asynchronous meetings offer a solution to the challenge of balancing the need for collaboration with the need for personal time and space. They are the key to unlocking a world where work and life can coexist in harmony. Think of them as your own personal time-travel machine, allowing you to participate in meetings from the comfort of your own schedule.
In this guide, we explore the concept of asynchronous meetings, their advantages and disadvantages, and best practices for making them work for you and your team. Whether you're a remote worker, a busy professional, or someone who simply wants to make the most of your time, this article will provide valuable insights and tips for taking your meetings from real-time to any-time.
An asynchronous meeting is a type of meeting that does not take place in real-time. Instead, participants communicate and collaborate on their own schedules, at their own pace, and in their own time zone. This type of meeting is often conducted through written or pre-recorded communication such as email, instant messaging, or video messaging.
An asynchronous meeting is basically the opposite of a synchronous meeting.
With synchronous meetings, all people have to be in one place at the same time (online or offline) — they have no choice. Asynchronous meetings, on the other hand, allow for flexibility and freedom.
Meetings are a necessary part of our work lives, but as you’ve probably noticed, they can be a huge time drain. At best, they slow down the important work you’re doing in your day job. At worst, they turn into a never-ending talk where you and your colleagues watch the clock and wish you were somewhere else, while questioning the value of that meeting altogether.
In short, asynchronous meetings are an excellent way to eliminate those unnecessary meetings that kill your time. In a recent Harvard Business Review survey, 71% of senior managers said their meetings are unproductive and inefficient, while 65% said those meetings keep them from doing their work.
The idea behind asynchronous meetings is to allow participants to work together effectively without the need for everyone to be available at the same time. This can be especially useful for remote workers or for teams spread across different time zones. It also eliminates the need for scheduling conflicts and allows individuals to work at their own pace and convenience.
But there's actually a lot more benefits to asynchronous meetings than you would think.
First, let's look into some of the reasons you should try an effective asynchronous meeting.
Before you try to run asynchronous meetings, thoroughly consider your case as they're not for everyone:
In a recent webinar, our CPO, Felipe Skroski, explained the ins and outs of asynchronous work. And since we live what we preach here at Runn, you can get an inside look at the boons and hazards of asynchronous meetings.
Here are some of the things that work for us at Runn.
Asynchronous meetings are scandalous, they raise a lot of sceptical eyebrows.
They're that long-awaited superpower that lets you work on your own terms, freeing you from the constraints of traditional, in-person meetings.
No more rush hour traffic, no more fighting for conference room space, and no more awkward silences or unnecessarily long team meetings. Asynchronous meetings are the ultimate solution for modern, flexible, and productive work, and they're blazing a trail of awesome.
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