Meetings are unavoidable, but you can and should make sure they're effective, efficient and productive. "Meetings rarely result in actionable work. Workers spend on average six to seven hours per week in meetings and are then forced to do the real work they were hired to do on the margins of their day. This leads to burnout, which leads to retention and attrition issues.
You're not getting the best work out of your talent," says Carson Tate, the founder and principal of Working Simply, a management consultancy, and the author of "Work Simply."
To avoid this, keep meetings short and focused. Show up on time, stick to a pre-set agenda, and outline action items to address with other participants so that your whole day isn't disrupted, Axero's Eisenhauer says.