It comes as no surprise that we spend our days in more meetings than ever before. Nor should it come as a shock that most of us believe we get little or no value out of most of the meetings we attend. Last week we released an extensive research report on the changing meeting behaviors of today’s modern workforce. According to the findings, late start times to these meetings are causing a negative impact on productivity — costing workers 5 days and 19 hours per year — in lost time!
Below are 7 key findings from the Collaboration 2.0: Death of the Web Conference (As We Know It) research report.
- Number of meetings increasing: Employees are having more meetings than ever before, with 91 percent of all employees surveyed saying that the number of meetings they are having is either static or rising.
- Ad hoc meetings on the rise: Today across all meeting types, 37 percent of meetings are ad hoc and unscheduled with40 percent of workers reporting a rise in these types of meetings over the past 2 years.
- Virtual meetings becoming the norm: 32 percent of all meetings are virtual, a trend that skews higher for younger workers (age 26-35) who report that 38 percent of all of their meetings are held virtually.
- Half of meetings perceived as having little or no value: 67 percent of employees report that more than half of the meetings they attend are not of value.
- Late start times frequently cited as key negative culprit: Late start times were cited as a key reason that meetings are perceived to fail to deliver value and are costing executives nearly three hours a week – five and a half days per year — in lost time and productivity.
- Devices become the second screen, even in face-to-face meetings: More than 60 percent of workers are taking laptops, nearly 50 percent are taking smartphones and almost 30 percent are taking tablets into in-person, face-to-face meetings. Additionally, 55 percent of workers report that they are using device-to-device screen sharing as an alternative to conference room projectors for in-person group meetings, blurring the lines between the tools used for physical and virtual meetings.
- Frustration, is leading to desire for new solutions: With the evolving changes to how employees are meeting, 66 percent of corporate buyers report that they are actively looking for new collaboration solutions to replace traditional web conferencing tools. More than 40 percent cite a better user experience as a primary driver, by far the biggest factor in their consideration.
Technology is driving the evolution of the global economy at an unprecedented speed, and as businesses and their workforces evolve with it, they demand web conferencing tools that are built for a new, more agile and connected workforce.
Interested in reading the full report? Download a copy of Collaboration 2.0: Death of the Web Conference (As We Know It) here.