April 25, 2014 - Rachel Miller
Almost a fifth of all meetings (19%) are a complete waste of time, according to a survey of UK employees by Sharp Europe.
Meetings account for at least 39.2 million office hours each week and one fifth are a waste of time, according to respondents – representing 7.5 million wasted hours every week.
The report finds that only 16% of people would describe the meetings they have at work as "inspiring", and 79% of workers say that they're more productive at their desks.
When it comes to participation, 67% think that one person usually talks too much and 63% think that meetings would be better if everyone could be more involved. Only a third (31%) of office workers have been trained to lead a meeting.
The report also finds that, while watching presentations, a fifth of office workers (21%) have wanted to say something, but were not given the opportunity to do so. And 17% of people dislike presentations because there aren't enough opportunities to ask questions.
The top three complaints about presentations are: talks being too long (61%); uninspiring content (56%); and a boring presenter (56%).
The survey's other findings include: