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We’re all a little guilty of zoning out during meetings. It’s difficult to concentrate the entire time, especially when you have other important things to be getting on with.
However, the impact of this on a business might be a bit more detrimental than a few minutes of lost concentration. According to a poll reported by BPS Digest, $37 billion (£29 billion) could be lost every year thanks to unproductive meetings.
New research from Wacom, an interactive pen, tablets, and displays company, showed that 57% of UK office workers felt their meetings were not productive.
1,000 people were asked to participate in a poll over the course of a week earlier this month.
Here’s what the research revealed:
- 43% of those surveyed said they switched off in meetings. 34% admitted to not concentrating in meetings and often working on other projects when in them. 21% of those surveyed admitted to falling asleep in a meeting.
One major distraction that the workers brought up was laptops and phones.
- 37% of those polled agreed their meetings would become more efficient and engaging if laptops weren’t taken in. 63% also felt that taking notes by hand would or does enable them to be more creative and productive.
“Meeting organisers and presenters worldwide are constantly competing with laptops and mobile devices for the attention of attendees,” said the spokesperson of Wacom, Jeroen van’t Hoofd, in a statement. “While most people use the devices for note-taking, the temptation to multi-task is just too great.”
He added: “These distractions have a negative impact on stress levels, productivity, company culture and ultimately the bottom line. We can all benefit from fewer, shorter, more productive meetings. A more mindful meeting starts with smarter, distraction-free note taking.”