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