Meetings are necessary for collaboration and inclusive decision-making, however, research shows most meetings aren’t executed very efficiently for two reasons: wasted individual-work time and wasted group-work time. Knowing which type of time is being wasted in your organization opens up the possibility to manage meetings differently and get your time back.
A GFOA poll asked members to identify their single most annoying source wasted time. Meetings “won”, with a plurality (one-third) of respondents. GFOA members are not alone in their low regard for meetings. According to one study of senior managers from various industries: 65% said meetings keep them from completing their own work and 71% said meetings are unproductive and inefficient.
Here are the next steps to fix meetings and participate in the Get Your Time Back Challenge:
- Read GFOA's new report below on how to fix meetings. We also have a checklist that summarizes key ideas.
- Share the report with your colleagues and meet to decide what ideas you can all agree to try out. Click here for a meeting agenda.
- Let us know what you decide and how it goes! Create a discussion in GFOA's General Forum to let us and fellow members know how you did.
How do I fix meetings?
Meetings: Going from Waste of Time to Worth the Time
The time wasted in meetings is a universal joke of the working world. Unfortunately, the time lost to meetings is no laughing matter for many GFOA members.
Many people believe that meetings waste a large part of the workday. This checklist describes proven techniques to make your meetings productive.