Workplace meetings are often viewed as an inevitable part of working in a professional environment. However, this old office standby might not actually be as effective as many managers think. It turns out that regular meetings can be one of the biggest enemies of efficiency in the workplace. A study found that the average employee actually wastes 31 hours spent in meetings that do not produce anything helpful. Cutting back on meetings lets businesses experience a lot of great benefits.
Reduce office drama
A big problem with meetings is that they tend to encourage employees to compete with each other. People may steal each other’s ideas, talk over quieter employees, or bring up other employees’ failures in an attempt to make themselves look good. This competitiveness leads to all sorts of petty drama that can reduce workplace productivity in the long run.
The sad reality is that meetings tend to be a big time waster. People sit around for a while waiting on everyone to show up during the meeting, and big groups of employees easily get sidetracked into discussing irrelevant matters that do not affect workplace goals. When important decisions are made through one-on-one discussions or sent through email, it is easier to focus on work and get things done quickly.
Avoid alienating remote workers
In the modern workplace, there are typically quite a few workers who work from home instead of going into the office. However, having the rest of the workplace gather to chat while a few people are excluded can lead to an environment where remote workers are left out. By encouraging everyone in the building to focus on other communication methods, you ensure that remote workers can be equally included.
Reduce the amount of busy work
A big problem that many employees have with meetings is that they tend to result in busy work. One mid-level manager may want to make it look like they can delegate and lead teams, so they may assign pointless tasks to try and assert their authority during meetings. Even the basic acts of running a meeting, like setting up chairs or taking notes, can also be pointless busy work that just wastes employee time.