The Hype: Meetings Waste People’s Time and Money
Have you seen the studies about the state of meetings in the workplace today? If not, here’s a sampling:
- A 2013 study estimated 11 million meetings occur in the USA each day and $37 billion is lost annually thanks to unproductive meetings.1
- David Coleman more recently estimated this at 25 million meetings per day, with 25% of that time wasted.2
- In 2013, employees chose “too many meetings” as the biggest distraction and waste of time presented by the workplace.3
- A ResourcefulManager survey of 948 upper-level executives, directors, middle managers and frontline supervisors says nothing gets accomplished in 44.8% of the meetings executives and managers attend.4
The most popular article about this problem on social media today implores us to please strive for "Meetings that Don't Suck". Run a Google search for meetings that don't suck, and you'll see pages of articles on that theme.
Nowhere else in the business world do we see so much advocacy for such a pathetic goal.