Monday, February 27, 2006

You don't say: Meetings decrease employee well-being

A study has found that meetings at the workplace decrease the well-being of employees.


Some hightlights:


[T]he average number of meetings at work more than doubled in the second half of the 20th Century. ...


[P]eople who are high in accomplishment striving are predictably and negatively impacted by meetings, particularly when they are frequent. Numerous short meetings have a greater impact on their well-being than a few long meetings taking the same amount of time.

However...

[P]articipants who scored low in accomplishment striving were positively impacted by meetings. They appeared to be welcome events rather than interruptions.

It's just as I've always suspected: The people who seem to thrive in meetings are the ones who are the least productive outside of meetings.


Here's an interesting find:


[M]ore people actually view meetings as a positive part of the workday than they will admit publicly.

—Mellow Monk


Go to the Mellow Monk tea page
Bookmark this blog
Subscribe to the blog feed (RSS)