There was some interesting research out a few weeks ago from Epson and CEBR suggesting that the average UK office worker wastes 2 hours and 39 minutes in meetings every week.
- £26 billion: the amount lost from UK economy through time wasted in meetings in 2011
- 2 hours 39 minutes: the number of hours workers feel are wasted in meetings during an average week
- 49 minutes: the number of wasted minutes in meetings not made up for later
- 10 hours or over: the amount of time one in five senior managers and directors say they spend in meetings per week
- 11 minutes: the average amount of time it takes for people’s attention to drift in a meeting.
Nothing too surprising about any of this, other than perhaps how low some of them are (people concentrate in meetings for 11 minutes at a stretch – really???).
Anyway, I’ve got an article in Management Today providing some suggestions for dealing with this problem. The last one’s my favourite!
- Dispense with chairs
- Get social
- Opting out
- Avoid technology blunders
- Water cooler culture
- Be bold with timings
- Get creative with locations
- Weapons of mass distraction
- Use professional facilitation
- Better biscuits
There’s a bit more detail on Management Today.
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