So the office I work in has a big conference table in the middle of the room and cubes all around the sides. Yesterday a group of people came in the office and sat at the table. I thought they were waiting for someone in our office for a meeting. But nobody joined them. They just sat there and chit chatted and then stared at each other for long periods of time. It was very odd. Right when we all starting emailing the administrative assistant (she sits by the door) to ask her who they were, they left. Turns out there were waiting to go to a meeting with our director, who works on the floor below. They were waiting to go to a meeting.
This got me thinking, they sat there for about 10 minutes and nobody asked them what they were doing there. They didn’t look lost. They looked like they knew what they were doing, so no one said anything.
So this is how I came up with a genius idea: spontaneous meetings! You and some of your colleagues could just go to an office and sit down and act like you’re waiting on someone else. I bet it would be at least 10 minutes before someone asked you what you were doing.
Tips for spontaneous meetings:
-Carry a notebook and pen. No one goes to a meeting without a pen.
-Look anxiously at your watch, like you’re waiting for someone.
-Ask your “colleagues,” “where is she/he? should we keep waiting?” to make it seem real
-Avoid eye contact with anyone else in the room
-If it looks like you’re about to get busted, tell the person “We have to go, but we’ll call to reschedule”
Haha! This could totally work. Everyone try it out! It’s like workplace improv!