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Meetings considered more productive than you'd think

You've probably heard it a million times, how meetings are actually a waste of time and do little good. You've also heard how people usually browse social media and look at the ceiling during these meetings, and that it would be more productive watching paint dry.

Turns out, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Unified communications solutions company ShoreTel (opens in new tab)conducted a research into what the current workforce thinks about meetings, and the overall opinion is vastly positive.

“Only 11 per cent of global respondents found meetings ‘a waste of time”, it says in the press release following the announcement. Almost half (40 per cent) said meetings were ‘productive’, and 48 per cent said they were ‘sort of productive’. The majority uses the time to take notes (67 per cent), get other work done (25 per cent), while just eight per cent check email or browse social media.

“Our survey dispels many misperceptions about meetings and productivity by the generations currently in the workforce,” said Mark Roberts, chief marketing officer of ShoreTel.

“For instance, the results did not show that meetings are unproductive, or that certain generations find them a waste of time. Millennials often get a bad rap, but our data shows they participate in meetings in conference rooms with their peers at the same rate as other generations.

Indeed, Millennials, globally, reported they like to participate in these meetings in the same percentage as other generations, but also had the highest preference for attending via desk phone (24 per cent).

“Improving meeting productivity as well as employee efficiency is a key priority for many businesses,” added Roberts.

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Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.