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Employees are losing approximately 19 hours each year due to meetings that don’t start on time, according to research by Barco across the UK, Us, France and Germany on meeting stress.

Fifty-nine percent of workers attend meetings a few times a week, with meetings beginning, on average, six minutes late. If each worker attends four meetings per week, that equates to 864 minutes lost each year. Extrapolating that for a workforce of 50, and that is a total of 950 hours wasted every year — a figure of particular significance to businesses with billable hours.

The main causes of this lateness are due to struggling with technology (31%) and problems with adaptors (16%).

Overall the research also shows that the causes of the most meeting stress (87%) are technology related, with connecting to the meeting room technology, incompatibility issues, and technology failure some of the leading issues.

“Meetings should encourage participation, collaboration and engagement,” says Lieven Bertier head of product management, ClickShare, Barco. “However, what our research is showing is that time is being lost largely due to technology issues, which means the flow of meetings is affected, people aren’t necessarily able to present the content they need to and, as a result, collaboration and interactivity are badly affected. And it’s not just limited to the meeting. The research reveals a far wider impact.”

In addition to late starts for meetings, 93% of respondents said they had experienced wider consequences of technology-related meeting stress. 70% said speakers lost credibility, 24% said they missed a deadline as a result, and 12% indicated they had even lost out on business opportunities.