These days a lot of people spend a good portion of their work day in meetings. And while they can be an essential part of the job, more and more people think they are simply a waste of time.
A new survey by AccounTemps finds that workers spend about 21% of their work hours in meetings, and feel that a quarter of that time is simply wasted. Employees’ biggest issues with meetings is that they usually start late (66%), with 63% finding them unnecessary, because the stuff discussed could be handled over email instead. Other complaints about meetings include:
- 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%)
And if you want folks to be engaged in your meeting, you shouldn’t allow for remote ones. The survey finds that 37% of workers admit to being less engaged during remote meetings.