Traditionally, meetings were meant has a means to productively brainstorm, discuss upcoming project and make decisions. However, many meetings tend to have the opposite effect on employees involved as, too often than not, meetings tend to be boring, inefficient, and don't lead companies any closer to their goals. The infographic below from Fuze shows just how much time meetings waste.
[contextly_sidebar id="nJRFe8mG8hCjUrl246nxgnOfpGiBzYK0"]According to the infographic, more than $37 billion a year is spent on unproductive meetings. People spend about four hours a week in meetings, with 15 percent of an organization's collective time being spent doing the same. This time increases for middle managers who spend 35 percent of their time in meetings, and upper managers who spend 50 percent of their time in meetings. With all this time spent in meetings, a large potion of them are actually unproductive. In fact, executives consider 67 percent of meetings as failures.
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There are a few factors that lead to unproductive meetings. The first is that most people multitask during meetings, which often involves checking email or performing other, unrelated work tasks. For telecommuters, remote meetings leave attendees feeling disengaged, which is largely due to the inability to read body language. There is also a general lack of planning and structure, which can be fixed by scheduling shorter meetings, using a concise agenda, and making expectations well known.
Learn more about how meetings are unproductive in the infographic below.