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We're spending too much of our time at meetings, and many of us feel like that's not time well spent, recent studies show. Workers today spend an average of 5.6 hours a week attending meetings, and a whopping 71 percent of them feel like it's not a productive use of their time, a Microsoft report indicates. To address the root causes of ineffective meetings, GiveMore.com recently surveyed 1,600 people with a simple question: "What frustrates you most about meetings at work?" You may recognize some of their answers, but fear not. We also propose suggestions on how to better organize your meetings to make them productive experiences that you and your fellow colleagues may even, dare we say it, look forward to. It starts at the top. Corrective action "can be handled so easily by the leader," says Sam Parker, co-founder of GiveMore.com. "Almost all [causes of frustration] fall into that category. Respect your attendees by preparing well, communicating well and valuing everyone's time. You should have one objective: Make your attendees better as a result of being there." GiveMore.com is a business specializing in meeting planning and execution.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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