Everyone goes to meetings at work. They have become an integral part of how companies do business. And the vast majority of them are a total waste of time. At a TED talk, 2 speakers reported on their findings after looking at how we use meetings.
They figured that:
• There are more than 3 billion meetings every year, with executives spending 40 to 50 percent of their total working hours in meetings.
• The average employee attends 62 meetings per month.
• 9 out of 10 people admit to daydreaming in meetings.
• 25 percent of meetings are spent discussing irrelevant topics.
• 75% of employees do other work during meetings.
• 75% of people have received no formal training in how to conduct a meeting.
Meetings are clearly an inefficient system of communication and collaboration that waste a lot of time and money. If you can’t eliminate them, the recommendation is to at least try fewer meetings, for less time, with fewer people, and with a much greater focus on accomplishing something. You'll be amazed at the results.