This has gotten so much worse lately at my work, and in particular high-level people keep calling meetings with no notice. And then we get the "you all really should be there" crap despite how rude they are being about everyone else's schedules. It's happened twice this week and it's not even the end of Tuesday. At one of them yesterday there were 25 people on and maybe the first 30 minutes needed to be a broadcast kind of announcement and minor discussion, and the next 30 minutes were the typical mix of useful discussion and the usual suspects blowing bullshit hot air, and then the chair asked if we wanted to spend "the rest of the call" discussing each person's individual needs and like... I kind of lost it. I ended up unmuting myself and pointing out that because of how many people were on the call, every hour of the meeting was costing the department 3 days' worth of staff salary so perhaps instead of burning FTEs we should all just individually email the chair with our plans? Like... dude I am sorry you miss talking to people or whatever but we are not friends and I spend enough time on Teams/Zoom/Skype right now. CAN WE NOT.
For the second one I just flat-out said that I didn't have enough notice to clear my calendar so wasn't going to make it but said they should record it and keep the recording up for a week to give me a chance to catch up (at 2x speed lol). I don't have tenure yet so just being honest like this is maybe a little risky but at this point I give zero fucks. I still have no desire to go to pubs or restaurants or even leave the house because as far as I'm concerned everyone in my town is a risk to my asthmatic existence. So I'm not taking that risk but I'm willing to risk job security by telling my bosses to fuck off. This is how my pandemic irrationality manifests.
Anyway, meetings suck.