Low-Tech Social Networking

Companies in Silicon Valley — home to high-tech companies like Apple and Google — are opting for “low-tech” social networking during staff meetings. Managers are telling their employees not to bring laptop computers to office meetings.

Naturally, there’s even a snappy term for the move: topless meetings.

Sue Fox, author of “Business Etiquette for Dummies,” told the Los Angeles Times that “face-to-face meetings have become a low priority because they’re constantly interrupted by technology, and people can’t figure out what to do.”

John Vars, one of the founders of Dogster.com, has another take: "Even if people are just taking notes, they are not giving the natural human signals that they are listening to the person speaking. It inhibits teamwork."

And these “topless meetings” are just one dimension of the new corporate-think. Another is “meataxo,” which means getting rid of office meetings completely. Companies in Silicon Valley — home to high-tech companies like Apple and Google — are opting for “low-tech” social networking during staff meetings. Managers are telling their employees not to bring laptop computers to office meetings.

Naturally, there’s even a snappy term for the move: topless meetings.

Sue Fox, author of “Business Etiquette for Dummies,” told the Los Angeles Times that “face-to-face meetings have become a low priority because they’re constantly interrupted by technology, and people can’t figure out what to do.”

John Vars, one of the founders of Dogster.com, has another take: "Even if people are just taking notes, they are not giving the natural human signals that they are listening to the person speaking. It inhibits teamwork."

And these “topless meetings” are just one dimension of the new corporate-think. Another is “meataxo,” which means getting rid of office meetings completely.

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