Study says 'attractive' facilitators make meetings better

Study says 'attractive' facilitators make meetings better
Posted at 4:04 PM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-26 19:04:41-04

(KGTV) - Meetings in the workplace have become a fact of work, for better or worse.

And these instances of workplace huddles have increased over the last year in frequency and duration.

About 49 percent of Americans said they are attending more meetings than they were a year ago, according to a study by Klaxoon, a corporate solutions company. Twenty-eight percent of respondents said meetings have gotten longer.

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Overall, 22 percent of respondents said meetings were a waste of time.

The study was conducted from June 30 - July 5, 2017, and sampled answers from more than 2,000 American adults 18-years-old and over.

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If paying attention during meetings is a weak point in your career, you're not alone. When asked about the biggest problems workers face in virtual meetings or conference calls, 38 percent said they zone out when they're not speaking.

Another 38 percent said they daydream as well.

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So how do meetings become successful? The study said employees felt meetings succeeded when the topic was relevant (54 percent), a meeting schedule was kept (48 percent), decisive action was taken (48 percent), everyone had a chance to speak (40 percent), and the facilitator was engaging (37 percent.) 

Also, 48 percent of men said they pay better attention when the facilitator is attractive, compared to 33 percent of women who agreed with that statement.

For some, it is, in fact, all fun and games. 22 percent of Millennial respondents said fun mattered most to the success of a meeting.