I enjoyed reading the recent article on the difficulty in booking meeting rooms. I was struck by the statistic in the article that since 2000 the amount of workplace meetings has increased by about 9 percent each year. This would mean that in total since 2000 the amount of time spent in meetings has gone up by about 3 fold. If this trend continues, meetings will soon gobble-up all our workdays. For instance, if executives now spend 28 hours per week in meetings and the present exponential increase continues, in 4 years they will be spending an entire 40-hour week in meetings! Quite amazing. We really need to think about preventing meetings takeover !
Unpublished letter in response to:
By SUE SHELLENBARGER
WORK and FAMILY
New Office Flashpoint: Who Gets the Conference Room?
As Meetings Multiply, Companies Try New Ways to Ease Competition for Space
Wall St. Journal
Updated Oct. 15, 2014 6:18 a.m. ET