Pointless workplace meetings are a drain on productivity

A new study has found the number of workplace meetings is rapidly on the rise, taking up increasing amounts of time, reducing productivity and providing little value to employees.

The study Collaboration 2.0. Death of the web conference (as we know it) was conducted by market researcher Ovum on behalf of remote access software provider LogMeIn and is based on a survey of over 3,900 professionals worldwide found that employees were being required to attend increasing numbers of workplace meetings but not taking anything away from them.

Key findings in Australia and New Zealand

  • DilbertMeetingEmployees are having more meetings than ever before, with 88% of all employees surveyed saying that the number of meetings they are having is static or rising.
  • An increasingly collaborative, connected workforce is fuelling rapid growth in ad hoc one-on-one meetings, which now account for more 43% of all one-on-one internal meetings, and 36% of all one-on-one external meetings.
  • 24% of all meetings are virtual, a trend that skews higher for younger workers (age 26-35) who report that 36% of all of their meetings are held virtually.
  • Meanwhile, 66% of employees report that more than half of the meetings they attend are not of value.
  • Late start times cited as key reason that meetings are perceived to fail to deliver value – this is costing executives nearly 3 hours a week – or 5 24-hour days and 19 hours per year – in lost time and productivity.
  • Traditional web conferencing tools are viewed to be a poor fit for ad hoc meetings and one-on-one meetings, often being cited as a key a reason for meeting delays and inefficiency.
  • Due to the frustration with traditional web conferencing tools, 39% of corporate buyers are looking for new collaboration solutions that are a better fit for changing workforce behaviour.
  • The era of the dominance of the PC and projector in the meeting room is coming to an end with employees increasingly taking devices such as tablets and laptops into the meeting room, blurring the lines between what is a physical and what is a virtual meeting.

You can download a copy of the report here.