Meetings are the single biggest waste of time and payroll. Period.
It’s estimated that employees waste on average 31 hours per month in unnecessary meetings. Imagine what you could be doing with that time instead of sitting in meetings that provide zero benefit to realizing your – or even more distressful, the organization’s – goals.
A recent survey of 6,500 people across the US, UK, and Germany found that among the 19 million meetings observed, the ineffective meetings cost up to $399 billion in the US and $58 billion in the UK. In total, that’s more money wasted on meetings than the GDPs of Hong Kong, Iceland, and Cyprus combined.
In fact, so many meetings are considered unnecessary that 91 percent of attendees admit to daydreaming and 73 percent admit to multitasking during meetings – both of which increase the wastefulness of already unproductive meetings.
And yet, here we are spending large chunks of our workday in meetings that do nothing to increase revenue, impact market share, or move the needle on any number of organizational goals.
But you can stop the cycle of sitting through one long, unnecessary meeting after another by following these simple tips – and then passing them along to your colleagues.
8 Tips for Shorter Meetings
BONUS: By shortening the length of your meetings, you’ve given yourself the opportunity to experience more ad hoc collaborations. We’ve found these off-the-cuff collaborations can produce greater innovation and productivity than scheduled meetings.
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