Most people will have experienced being in an unnecessary meeting at some point in their working lives. Some may have travelled across the country to attend a one hour meeting which could have been a much more efficient conference call. But have you ever considered how much these meetings could be costing your business? One study revealed that the average worker in the UK spends 10 hours 42 minutes each week preparing for and attending 4.4 meetings1. Another survey revealed that employees found 56% of meetings unproductive, with 66% admitting they make excuses in order to avoid meetings2.
Employees of all seniority levels appear to agree that meetings can be an ineffective use of time. This is particularly evident at senior management level, where a higher proportion of the working day is typically spent in meetings. According to a survey by Harvard Business Review, 65% of the 182 senior managers interviewed said that meetings keep them from completing their own work, with 71% saying that meetings are unproductive and inefficient3.
With such a high proportion of people feeling that the majority of meetings are inefficient, it’s surprising that they’re still so frequent in everyday working life. While the answer may not be to cut meetings out of the business completely, there are ways in which they can be made more productive.