To the extent minutes are kept of office-wide meetings, it is done by our Administrative Officer - a quasi-managerial position.
But the main reason I’m replying is to offer one of my time-tested secrets for how to score points for any workgroup/team/committee you get assigned to. At the first meeting, if no one else raises the topic, offer to keep the minutes. Bring a laptop to the first meeting with you. Most likely the rest of the group will appreciate your willingness to perform this un-sexy task. (I have NEVER had someone else express a willingness to take minutes.) And you get credit for being such an eager participant, and such a good team player!
Then, during the meeting bang away on your keyboard taking notes for your future minutes. Because you are so busy recording all of the vital proceedings for posterity, unfortunately you won’t be free to fully participate in all of the exciting discussions. You’ll undoubtedly be especially busy at any moment that they are requesting volunteers for specific projects that might require work.
Then, very soon after the meeting, circulate your minutes to the meeting participants. With a little effort, you will have been able to put them in final form during the meeting itself.
This is where it really pays benefits. You have become the first person in the group to contribute a tangible work product to the group. So, when the time comes for the assignment of any further tasks, you can just say, “I’m doing the minutes”, and feel free to sidestep and decline anything else until every other person has submitted some concrete work product.
Oh yeah - if you give a shit about what the group is doing, keeping the minutes is the best way to influence where the group goes, but presenting your spin on what has transpired so far. Emphasize the things you agree with, while conveniently forgetting to mention things you don’t. And of course, play up any arguable contribution of your own.
Then, when the group is done, you will receive full and equal credit with all the other team members for preparing a useless report that will quickly be forgotten. And all you had to do was go into suspended animation for the duration of however many pointless meetings they had.
Or isn’t everyone else’s workplace like this?