Re-designing the workplace by getting rid of meetings & managers

As part of our series By Design, we look at re-designing the workplace. Author and boss Jason Freed suggests get rid of meetings and managers because they stunt productivity and creativity.
Does it sometimes seem like the workplace today was expressly designed to prevent you from getting anything done? As part of our project By Design, we take the workplace apart, and put it back together again to create a better environment for better creativity, productivity and employee satisfaction. ​

To improve the workplace boss Jason Fried suggestions, Cancel meetings. Just erase the next meeting on your agenda. He says you'll find out everything will be fine and all the things you need to do don't really have to get done. Amanda Woodward

It's our home away from home; the place where we spend so much of our time and energy; and in an environment that should be conducive to bringing out our best ideas.

But just how well designed is the workplace today... and how might it be improved, to foster better creativity, productivity, and employee satisfaction? That's the question our project By Design is taking on today, as By Design... goes to work.

Jason Fried is a software entrepreneur and the founder & CEO of a company called Basecamp. He's spent a lot of time thinking about the workplace. His Ted Talk, "Why Work Does Not Happen At Work," has been viewed online more than 3 million times. He's also the co-author of three books on the subject, including "Rework: Change the Way You Work Forever." We reached Jason Fried in Chicago.

Well, there may be no shortage of things to complain about in the modern workplace -- including managers and meetings -- but Teresa Amabile is actually working on doing something about it. And, she says, managers are part of the solution.

Teresa Amabile has spent the past three decades looking deep into the hearts and minds of people at work. She's a psychologist and professor at Harvard Business School, and the author of several books on work including "The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement and Creativity at Work." We reached Teresa Amabile in Boston.

What do you think? Are managers and meetings stopping you from getting work done? Or is good management the key to a satisfying work environment.

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This segment was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson.


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