Let’s Not Take a Meeting

Got a meeting or two today?  Would you rather get a root canal?

If you think meetings are a waste of time you’re partially correct.  Global staffing company Robert Half’s Accountemps surveyed business professionals, and found they estimate 25% of the time spent around the conference table is wasted time.

They’re not happy that 20% of their workday is spent in meetings, either.

These were the top complaints:

  • Starts or ends late: 66%
  • It’s unnecessary (e.g., could’ve been handled over email): 63%
  • Too much or not enough time allotted: 57%
  • Attendees distracted (using phone, checking email, doodling, etc.): 57%
  • Attendees interrupt each other: 55%
  • Not sticking to an agenda when one is provided: 49%
  • Attendees unprepared: 47%

It’s only a small consolation that 20% of meetings today are conducted through online meeting platforms.

In the financial sector, 36% of bosses admit they are less engaged during those remote encounters, but say 47% of their workers are not paying attention.

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