The average British employee will sit through 6,240 meetings in their career. The huge number consists of catch-ups, client meetings, and appraisals. Of the 2,000 workers studied six in ten described meetings as “pointless”.
The poll showed one in five had dozed off during a meeting, at an average length of two minutes. For a quarter of those struck by lethargy, their co-workers saw the funny side, but 18% experienced the ire of their boss for their comatose state.
“There is nothing worse than being sat in a meeting that doesn't really concern you,' said Charlotte Gaskin, Marketing Manager at Sennheiser Communications, who conducted the study, “So it's not surprising then that so many people zone out, nod off or doodle.”
70% said they constantly zone out in meetings, with the average worker zoning out of a meeting after 20 minutes. Nearly half spend their time doodling, 31% muse over their dinner options, 29% stare aimlessly out of a window, and 16% contemplate their evening TV viewing schedule.
“Of the respondents we polled, many said that often a quick and concise conference call was more effective than a lengthy meeting which often resulted in expensive travel expenses,” Gaskin continued.
The study showed that over the course of a 40-year career the typical employee will drink 10,391 cups of cold coffee, complemented with 8,257 biscuits – with chocolate digestives being the top choice.