Meetings Are More Productive Than Many Think, ShoreTel Survey Finds

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2016-07-14

Humor writer Dave Barry once said, "If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be 'meetings.'" Meetings historically have gotten a bad rap in the corporate world. There are too many of them, they take too long, too little is accomplished in them, and they take time away from the real work that needs to be done. However, officials at unified communications (UC) vendor ShoreTel believe people may not loathe meetings as much as they say. In a global survey of more than 1,000 people about meeting habits and productivity, the company found that only 1 in 10 respondents felt meetings are a waste of time, while 2 in 5 said meetings were productive. "Our survey dispels many misperceptions about meetings and productivity by the generations currently in the workforce," said Mark Roberts, chief marketing officer of ShoreTel. "For instance, the results did not show that meetings are unproductive, or that certain generations find them a waste of time. Millennials often get a bad rap, but our data shows they participate in meetings in conference rooms with their peers at the same rate as other generations." This eWEEK slide show takes a look at some of the key findings in ShoreTel's "Build a Better Meeting Challenge" survey.


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