So, what does a modern meeting actually look like?
The internet and business magazines are filled with heaps of tips and tricks of what to do (or not do) in a meeting, which are all useful, but really only give us an insight into what some people do in meetings.
We want to know what everyone does in meetings. Who shows up late? Are as many women present as men?
In order to find out the answer to these questions and help create more efficient encounters, Blue Jeans Network, a cloud-based video conference company, acquired data from more than one million people to create ‘The State of the Modern Meeting’.
Here are some of the most intriguing findings:
Who’s always late?
CEOs, CTOs and company founders are most likely to be late to meetings, even though many enforce a start time and want to stay on track.
When’s the best time to meet?
Most employees take lunch between 12-1pm, so meetings in the middle of the day drop off significantly. And although most meetings average at 45 minutes you can forget work-life balance – one in 10 meetings happen on the weekend.
Mondays also aren’t popular for meeting, with 61% of people choosing Wednesday or Thursday instead. Also, February seems to be the month with the most meetings.
You don’t need a conference room
Globalisation means meetings aren’t site specific. Singapore ranks up the top of the list – alongside New York, San Francisco, Dubai and Prague – of places where people most frequently collaborate.
In fact, 77% of people attend meetings from laptops or desktops, while 30% use a landline or a video enabled mobile device.
Women like meetings, men don’t
Contrary to what you might assume, women attend 11% more meetings than men. Additionally, 14% of women are more likely to join in on meetings at the weekend.