Infographic: Executives say 67 percent of meetings are failures

This infographic says it’s because meetings are poorly planned, attendees multitask and remote attendees miss critical information. Do you agree?

In the United States, 25 million meetings take place every day.

In an ideal world, that would be a good thing. That would mean that organizations were getting things done and making things happen.

However, we do not live in an ideal world. We live in a world where, according to an infographic from Fuze, executives consider 67 percent of meetings to be failures. In fact, more than $37 billion is spent on unproductive meetings each year.

Why are meetings so unproductive? The graphic lists three reasons:

1. People multitask. More than 90 percent (92 percent) of people admit to multitasking in meetings.

2. Remote attendees aren’t engaged. Eighty percent of the messages we receive from others come from body language, which you miss when you phone into a meeting.

3. Those who schedule meetings don’t plan well. Meeting planners should send necessary materials to participants in advance, and ensure meetings begin and end on time.

For more on why meetings are unproductive, and tips to make them more useful, take a look at the full infographic:

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