In a perfect world, every meeting would be short and to the point, start and end on time and something meaningful would get accomplished.
But in the real world:
- Many are too long
- start late
- end later, and
- nothing really gets done.
And that’s frustrating for a lot of managers who think they have much better things to do.
So, why do we hate meetings?
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.
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Of the last 10 they attended:
- 51% say nothing was accomplished in 5 or more meetings they attended. And more than 53% of that group said nothing was accomplished in 7 or more.
- Only 8.9% say something was accomplished in all 10.
Of course, those same managers think they do a great job when they are running the meetings.
- 90.4% say the ones they are in charge of are efficiently run.
- BUT, only 65.2% of the ones they attend that are run by others are efficiently run.
What are the biggest issues that keep meetings from being effective? They said:
- 44.7% People protecting their turf
- 38.3% One or two people dominate the discussion
- 34.6% Defensiveness
- 31.7% Internal politics
- 30.9% People not prepared
They Don’t Start Or End On Time
While the majority of meetings start and end on time, respondents say of the last 10:
- 38.7% didn’t start on time.
- 40.5% didn’t end on time.
What was the average number of people attending a meeting?
- 7 people was the average number in attendance.
How long is the typical meeting that executives and managers attend?
- 61.1% of all meetings last at least an hour or longer.
Now, Here’s The Good News . . .
One piece of good news: Most executives and managers think the number of meetings they attend is just about right:
- 61.6% attend the right number.
- 22.4% attend too many (however, 32.3% of upper-level executives say they attend too many meetings).
- 16.0% say they don’t attend enough of them.
Source: ResourcefulManager survey of 948 upper-level executives (20.7%), directors (31.5%), middle managers (35.4%) and frontline supervisors (12.4%)