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Doodle Report Reveals the Personal Impact of Poor Meeting Management

January 30, 2020 GMT

ZURICH, Jan. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Doodle, a leading enterprise scheduling technology, today released findings from its Work-Life survey of full-time executives at Fortune 500 companies highlighting a concerning trend: Americans are spending more hours connected to work and missing out on their personal lives to not be any more productive. Feeling pressure to work overtime is not uncommon, a quarter of all respondents think it’s critical to advance their careers.

Forty-four percent of executives now work an average of 52 hours a week and that number increases to 58 among senior-level staff, 65% of who report working overtime. And it’s no surprise when you consider over a quarter of employees surveyed admit that they’ve spent 20 hours or more in meetings in a single week. These extra hours don’t necessarily take place in the office either - they’re intruding on personal lives:

While plans with friends and family can be rescheduled and vacations can resume after a call has ended, there are certain milestones and once-in-a-lifetime events that can’t stop for work. Doodle’s survey revealed:

Particularly frustrating for those folks passing up personal plans is that often the meetings they join are poorly managed and didn’t accomplish anything (59%) - or even ones they didn’t need to be in at all (60%). Poorly run meetings lead to disengaged employees and participants turn to other activities to fill the time, including:

It’s unfair to put the blame on meetings themselves - some of the greatest innovations, ideas and companies of our time all started with a meeting. We’re misusing meetings and engaging in them without clear parameters and objectives. For companies experimenting with the four-day work week, productivity actually increased because people had to be much more efficient with their time; big gains were made by capping meeting times, limiting participants and having a clear agenda and purpose.

For tips on how to run better meetings and give employees their time back, check out Doodle’s blog. To download the full report findings visit: https://landing.doodle.com/worklifereport

About Doodle

Doodle is the leading enterprise scheduling technology helping the world’s largest brands instantly set meetings with clients, colleagues and teams. Tapping into the unique nature of smart scheduling with AI and chatbots, Doodle simplifies the planning of 1:1 and team meetings for busy professionals. As the world’s most used online scheduling platform, Doodle has more than 30 million monthly active users. Part of the Swiss media group Tamedia, Doodle AG is headquartered in Zurich, with offices in Belgrade, Berlin, Atlanta and New York City.

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