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.


[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

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