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Mind Your Meetings: Improve Your Organization’s Effectiveness One Meeting at a Time

Joseph A. Allen, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Steven G. Rogelberg, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
John C. Scott, APT Inc.

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Abstract

Managers and executives spend an inordinate amount of time in the estimated 11 million meetings held in the United States every day. In a survey of 1,900 business leaders, 72% indicated they spend more time in meetings today than they did five years ago, and 49% said they expect that time in meetings to increase.

Another study revealed that small businesses (fewer than 10 people) spend about 10% of their time preparing, attending, leading and concluding meetings. Larger organizations (500 or more employees) spend about 75% of their work time on these activities.

As the number of meetings increases, the quality and value of meetings can have a direct impact on an organization’s bottom line in the form of wasted time and effort, not to mention poor morale. Ineffective meetings are a cost that an organization arguably has the greatest opportunity to control.

Suggested Citation

Joseph A. Allen, Steven G. Rogelberg, and John C. Scott. "Mind Your Meetings: Improve Your Organization’s Effectiveness One Meeting at a Time" Quality Progress 41 (2008): 48-53.
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/joseph_allen/31