We hate meetings. Or maybe I should say, we love to hate meetings. Our Life Inc. post on how meetings can make you stupid was the most popular story of the week, read by more than 150,000 people and generating hundreds of comments, shares and retweets.
Anyone who has ever worked in an office has a story about useless meetings, and many of you were more than happy to share some of yours. A Newsvine user who goes by the handle NFIL offered up a colleague who "schedules meetings basically to justify his existence."
"Sometimes he invites himself into meetings and -- even better -- expensive business dinners he has nothing to do with. He was recently promoted. I'm preparing to leave."
Reader Marv Leit reminded us of the classic John Cleese video "Meetings Bloody Meetings." (Item One on the agenda: the agenda.)
Cleese, formerly of Monty Python fame, now makes a healthy living selling his video and self-help course on how to make meetings shorter and more productive. A two-minute trailer of the video is available on YouTube.
We also got lots of comments about a Pew study that found young people are having a tough time cracking today's tough job market but remain optimistic. In a possibly related development, young people today seem to be staying in the nest longer and getting more financial help from Mom and Dad, well into their 20s.
Perhaps inevitably, this opened a wide-ranging debate on everything from the nanny state to illegal immigration. Alohaman at least offered some useful advice to parents wondering how to get their grown children to move out of the basement: Don't charge them rent.
"Then I'd say: When you reach $5,000 in your bank account, you are outta here, on your own. ... I don't want your rent $, kid -- I want you outta here!"
Now if you will excuse me, I have a meeting to attend.