There are around 55 million meetings held each week in the United States. On average, employees participate in at least 8 meetings per week.
All employees above junior level have 10 meetings per week. All employees who are executive management and higher have 12 meetings per week.
And employees who are the VP, director, and c-level roles have 17 meetings per week.
Therefore, the trend is the higher up your position is, the more meetings you are likely to have as an employee. The advertising and marketing industry has the most number of meetings across all industries.
From 2020 to 2021, the number of meetings attended by workers has increased by 12.9%.
Total Meeting Hours
Single Meeting Length
Money That Is Lost & Wasted Because Of Meetings
Not only is time lost, money is also lost through poorly held or scheduled meetings.
Unproductive meetings cause U.S. businesses to lose $37 billion a year.
That cost can be worth around 300,000 hours of work each year.
Alone, useless meetings could cause one big business to lose up to $300 million.
An hour-long meeting with 5 attendees costs companies $338 of salary.
Video calls cost $1,250 per employee per month when it comes to time wasted on unnecessary video meetings.
What Percentage Of Meetings Are Productive?
Just 11% of meetings are considered productive, despite organizations spending around 15% of their working hours in meetings.
What Percentage Of Time Is Spent In Meetings?
Around 6% of time is spent in meetings, which is 2.5 meeting hours per week, divided by a 40-hour workweek. However, the job title and level makes a large impact on someone's time in meetings:
The average CEO spends up to 72% of their time in meetings.
Corporate jobs higher up the ladder usually require more meetings.
Middle management employees spend a little more than a third of their time in meetings (35%).
Upper management employees spend half of their working hours in meetings.
What Is The Ideal Meeting Length?
The ideal meeting length is around 15 minutes. In fact, studies show that in meetings that aren't longer than 15 minutes, almost all of attendees are paying attention (91%).
Time Lost Because Of Meetings
Did you know that 24 billion hours are lost each year because of unproductive meetings? Find more statistics below:
71% of workers waste time each week due to cancelled or unnecessary meetings.
Each month, there are 31 hours spent on unproductive meetings.
The average delay per meeting for employees is 10 minutes and 40 seconds. That's equivalent to 3 days and 2 hours lost each year.
The average delay for senior executives is 15 minutes and 42 seconds. That's 5 days and 19 hours lost each year.
Figuring out where a meeting should take place is a waste of time. In fact, 40% of workers waste up to half an hour just searching for a collaborative space to hold a meeting.
The average employee spends over an hour simply preparing for each meeting.
Almost half (47%) of employees complain that meetings waste their time the most at work.
Nearly half (45%) of employees feel overwhelmed by the number of meetings they attend.
Preferred Methods to Connect
As face-to-face meetings have been restricted due to the pandemic, the power of physical connection through in-person meetings remains.
In fact, 76% of employees prefer face-to-face meetings over other methods.
Employees who prefer in-person meetings feel like it's easier to make important decisions when face-to-face.
Percentage Of Employees
Preferred Meeting Method
Most Preferred Time For Meetings
Percentage Of Employees
Preferred Time For Meetings
8am to 12pm
12pm to 5pm
6am to 8 am
70% of employees prefer morning meetings, specifically between 8am-12pm, perhaps because they feel it can be a fresh start to the day.
19% of professionals believe the afternoon, between 12pm-5pm, is the best time to hold meetings.
9% of professionals believe 6am to 8am is the best time to hold meetings.
2% believe the best time to hold meetings is after 5pm, in the evening.
An article from FastCompany states that we should rethink having meetings in the morning because they could be more productive if held later in the day. Non-morning people may still be groggy and rushed.
And employees that are most productive at work in the mornings could get more accomplished if meetings were scheduled for later in the day.
Meeting Attendance Statistics
These meeting attendance rate statistics will shock you:
96% of employees have missed meetings.
73% of professionals have worked on other things during meetings.
91% of workers have daydreamed during meetings.
39% of employees have slept during meetings.
Biggest Meeting Irritations
When it comes to meetings, the number of meetings is not the biggest pain point for employees. It could surprise you to hear that audio and video issues are bigger causes of headaches for workers, since they can frequently affect the meeting's quality and productivity.
Professionals think the biggest irritations during meets are:
55%: taking phone calls or sending texts is the biggest irritation.
50%: attendees who interrupt others.
50%: audio related issues
49%: arriving late or leaving the meeting early.
49%: attendees who don't listen to other team members.
46%: people who talk about nothing for long periods of time.
34%: when it's difficult to read the room.
31%: video quality related issues.
28%: too many meetings.
These irritations can cause consequences which can lead to poor employee performance, or employee motivation issues.
Consequences of Ineffective Meetings
There are numerous consequences that occur due to poorly run meetings. Here are the most common:
44% of employees report "not enough time to do the rest of my work."
43% report "unclear actions leading to confusion"
38% report "bad organization leads to a loss of focus on projects."
31% state "irrelevant attendees slows down progress."
What Companies Can Do To Make Meetings More Successful
Here are some things professionals believe can make meetings more productive and successful:
72% believe that setting clear objectives before the meeting takes place is what would make more meetings successful.
67% believe that having a clear agenda would improve meeting success rates.
35% state that having less meeting attendees would make meetings more successful.