Schwartz SK – There are dozens of ways that medical offices mismanage their most important asset — human resources. From avoidable layoffs, to poorly planned workspaces, to policies that encourage sick workers to drag themselves into the office, it's a wonder anything ever gets done. Staff meetings are a great way to keep your finger on the pulse of your practice, but they can also be a big waste of time. Ineffective meetings accomplish little, leave everyone running in circles, and create added frustration for all involved, says Prashanthi Sylada, a board member for the Society of Human Resource Management. Planning can help.