Working or Wasting Time? Korn Ferry Survey Shows Too Many Meetings and Calls are Preventing Professionals from Getting the Job Done
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 13, 2019--
Meetings and calls. They are daily rituals at most workplaces, but according to a new Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) survey of professionals, the quality and quantity of those gatherings may be putting a damper on productivity.
More than two-thirds (67 percent) of respondents say that spending too much time in meetings and on calls distracts them from making an impact at work.
More than a third (34 percent) say they waste between 2-5 hours per week on calls or meetings that don’t accomplish anything.
Thirty-five percent say that they’d go to a meeting even if they knew it wasn’t going to be productive, instead of declining the meeting.
“Too often, the answer to any work issue is ‘let’s meet.’ While collaboration is absolutely what drives innovation and success in today’s global marketplace, it’s time to get creative with how we use our time together,” said Korn Ferry Senior Client Partner Cathi Rittelmann. “Meetings aren’t necessarily bad, but the way we prep and lead them can sometimes derail productivity. The bottom line is this: clear objectives, an agenda and identified roles never go out of style.”
When asked what scenario leads to the greatest impact at work, the majority of respondents (64 percent) said 1:1 conversations with a colleague. Only 16 percent say meetings and calls had the greatest impact.
For more than half (54 percent) of respondents, less than 70 percent of their workday is spent accomplishing productive work tasks.
And while approximately half (49 percent) say they feel judged professionally by the number of hours they spend on the job, they say all work and no play isn’t effective. Eighty-seven percent say that taking periodic breaks throughout the day makes them more productive, even if they are spending less time on actual work.
About the survey
The Korn Ferry survey of 1,945 professionals took place in October and November 2019.
If you were invited to a meeting or call and believed it would not be a productive use of your time would you:
Decline the invitation
Attend the meeting or call anyway
Does spending too much time in meetings and on calls distract you from making an impact at work?
Yes to a great extent
Yes to some extent
No to some extent
No to a great extent
What scenario leads to the greatest impact at work?
Meetings and calls
1:1 conversations with a colleague
How many hours per week do you spend attending unproductive meetings and calls?
None: All my meetings/calls are productive
More than 10
How much of your day is spent on productive work tasks?
All of it
About 90 percent
About 70 percent
Less than half
Do you feel you are judged professionally by the number of hours you work?
Do you think taking breaks from work tasks during the day makes you more productive, even if you are spending less time doing the actual work?
About Korn Ferry
Korn Ferry is a global organizational consulting firm. We work with clients to design their organizational structures, roles and responsibilities. We help them hire the right people and advise them on how to reward, develop and motivate their workforce. And, we help professionals navigate and advance their careers.
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CONTACT: Tracy Kurschner
KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES COMMUNICATIONS SMALL BUSINESS OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONSULTING PUBLIC RELATIONS/INVESTOR RELATIONS
SOURCE: Korn Ferry
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