Do you agree:

"The company cares about their employees health and well-being"

No, if they did I wouldn't have less than 30 minutes of non-meeting time between 10:30 in the morning and 2:00 in the afternoon. When exactly the hell am I supposed to eat?

@mike I'm rather delighted to see I'm not the only one with an occasional rant :)

@mike I don’t completely agree nor disagree. At the place where I work, meetings are very rarely mandated but most often coordinated between the attendees. For this reason quite a few simply put a lunch break into their office calendars so that other people cannot suggest meetings during that time 🙂

@zerok I have a daily "meeting" marked on my calendar for lunch. Despite that, last week I had meetings during lunch (not the one I scheduled) every single day. This week has been "better" in that I only have a lunch meeting 2 out of the 5 days.

So far that is. I just got an invite to a meeting in 7 minutes, so who knows what's going to happen so far into the future as tomorrow?

@mike That really sucks 😟 What would have happened if you had rejected that meeting? That being said, there are just some occasions where something like that cannot be avoided but it really should be the exception and not the norm 😖

@zerok It depends on the meeting. Sometimes it's safe to blow off, and when it is, I do.

@mike @zerok I definitely blow off lunch time meetings that don’t seem like an emergency and don’t provide food. There are exceptions of course, and I make sure they stay exceptions without becoming normal.

@mike @zerok Sorry to hear this. I can't imagine working in a place where I didn't have full autonomy over my calendar 🧐

@mike or let you work after being on call practically the whole night :thaenkin:

@mike they probably feel that it is healthier to be an opportunistic eaters than eat-according-to-time eater. see? they care for your health and well-being 😆

@mike very often it is not "the company" ... it's my colleagues and managers ... I call them to re-schedule or decline with a polite comment regarding the German work law and company regulations ... in some cases it is very urgent and then I decline or postpone the following meeting .... these are the downsides of Corona-Home-Office

@mrksj I can see your point, but I also think there's something in the company culture that reinforces this behavior. We have so many meetings that people are just trying to cram them in where ever there's space on the calendar. My next noon meeting is was scheduled by my boss's boss's boss.

Wishing I had some German work law to back me up.

@mrksj There's also people that just don't use the information they have available to them. A great example of that happened this morning where a very helpful woman I talked to during an on-call event two days ago checked back in to see if my issue was resolved. We work for the same company, so my time zone is part of my profile which is attached to the ticket. She still called me a 5:52 this morning. I've had meetings scheduled like that too. Those I outright decline.

@mike I see and I experience the same ... seems we are the good ones that know how to use all the meta information :D ... and about the bosses bosses boss ... they are the really poor guys (not money-wise) because that's often their daily business

@mike I guess with those times, the German approach would be second breakfast at 10am and lunch at 2pm.

Lunch at 1-2pm is the usual timing here when given free reign.

@mike there are various alterations. One is main meals at 8,2,8 with snacks in the middle of those segments, at 11 (fruits) and 5 (cake).

Though I do eat dinner at 7 not 8, but it's so unevenly paced :/

@mike luckily I don't have lunch time meetings. Unfortunately, I have dinner time meetings sometimes when I'm in a half vegetative state already.

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