The dictionary definition would say that a meeting is an assembly of people for a particular purpose, especially for formal discussion. In the office context, we imagine the boardroom table; assembled suits; a lengthy PowerPoint presentation. Yet the workplace is now changing beyond all recognition. Just take remote and flexible working, for example, as 82% of British people are now more likely to take a job if it comes with flexible working benefits (source: UC Expo). This is having a massive impact on how we communicate at work, and the way we collaborate must be affected too.
But are the changes to our meetings as dramatic as we think? With this question in mind, we recently surveyed over 1,000 workers across the globe to find out more about their attitude to meetings. Our findings address common mistakes about modern meetings and what is really going on behind closed office doors.
Here are the top 8 misconceptions about meetings:
- People spend too much time in meetings
- Meetings are a “waste of time”
- Millennials aren’t comfortable with meetings
- Most people attend meetings remotely
- Getting conferencing technology to work severely delays meetings
- Most people multitask during meetings
- Industries such as healthcare, government and education spend the most times in meetings
- People experience meetings the same way across the world
Despite these ways of working, meetings are still an integral part of the global workplace with over 261 hours on average spent in meetings per week. Without them, staff collaboration would undoubtedly suffer. Luckily, our modern business needs are well-supported by technology that offers the flexibility and choice to arrange and run meetings in the way that best suits everyone.
By Adrian Hipkiss, vice president and managing director EMEA, ShoreTel