25% of meetings “a waste of time” study reports

These are the findings of a recent Workplace Survey by global recruitment specialists Robert Half  from 207 New Zealand respondents in finance, accounting and HR.

The main reason is that meetings lose focus and participants talk about anything they like rather than the issue for which the meeting was called. Other countries reported higher ratios of “waste of time” and different reasons including our usual favourites:

  • unclear/uncommunicated reason in first place
  • too many people
  • wrong people
  • lack of preparation.

So once again we have evidence that meetings are a problem - but few seem to want to address the problem with a proven solution.


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