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SoCS — To Yawn or Try to Stop One


Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday is today. Linda says:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “yawn.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “yawn,” when you sit down to write your post. Enjoy!

It’s been since May that I’ve had to do it, but the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the word “yawn” is all of the meetings I had to go to in my old job. Every single work morning we had a staff meeting first thing. It was a meeting like they have on those cop shows, a debriefing thing about who got locked up, who got released, who was out on the streets for pickup orders – equivalent of an arrest warrant for juveniles – who had hearings that day that might need coverage, who was the detention worker of the day – who took care of anyone or anything that walked in the door that wasn’t already assigned to anyone else – who was gone and where, who was coming back and when, etc. That morning meeting was probably the most interesting and important one of the day and usually only lasted 15-20 minutes, which wasn’t bad. Unless you had one of the mid-managers there that loved to go on and on and on about all kinds of b.s. that had nothing to do with the logistics of our day.

The other meetings were way more yawn-worthy. These were meetings at various agencies who were working with our kids (probationers) such as social services, mental health, specialized treatment, school, our juvenile detention center, etc. These usually involved a large number of “experts” and sometimes even family members of the kids – even though it was often discouraged for parents to be involved for various reasons – each vying for who had the biggest ego and who was large and in charge. The hosting agency usually led, which is how it should be, but there are always the egotists who love the sound of their own voices and get giddy with their paraphrasing and intellectualism. As each person at the meeting was expected to give their updates, then some kind of outcome or conclusions and recommendations would need to be got. As you can imagine these things could go on for an hour or more.

We also had our own meetings like these, but when we were leading we would go into it with a mindset of down and dirty let’s get this thing hashed out with a minimum of egotistical grandstanding.

On a good week, there would be our morning meeting and maybe one or two “inter-agencies” a day. On a bad week, way more. Mind-numbing, yawn-inducing meetings are one thing I do not miss about my job.

17 thoughts on “SoCS — To Yawn or Try to Stop One

    1. ::sigh:: exactly. I was just a peon. The mid-managers would go from meeting to meeting all day… If people would just leave their egos at the door, the meetings would be so much more productive, don’t you think?


    1. Thank you. Those meetings were an ongoing exercise in two different things: staying awake and self-control. How many times I wanted to verbally slam dunk some little grandstanding Hitler (males and females!)

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  1. It’s hard enough working with troubled people without all the meetings and egos. I’m reminded of the meetings from my old job where we reported on the substance abuse clients who were messing up and what strategies/consequences we were going to use. The doctor was a control freak. One of the things I initiated was reading off the names of all the clients who were doing well in addition to the ones who were messing up. I needed that for my morale. But the administrative meetings and paperwork were the worst. Glad to have put in my time. 30 years was enough! But it’s good to remember we did some good, right?

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  2. I’m so tired of meetings. Some new Directors have dragged me in Mkt and Training meetings…because they said it would help if everyone knew what was going on. Every week its the same subjects with maybe 1 minute on IT…I told all of them it was like Ground Hog Day and we needed to be “doing” more than meeting… Not a fan of meetings.

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