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No meeting overload for most

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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: How many meetings do you have a week at work?

  • 1-5 – 43%
  • 6-10 – 24%
  • More than 10 – 17%
  • It’s completely unpredictable – 11%
  • None – 5%

For many people, one meeting is one too many but perhaps perpetual meeting overload is on the decline. Almost 50% of people have five or less meetings a week and less than one in five have more than 10. We all know that meetings can be critical but too many can be indicative of company with a serious control or strategic problem. Perhaps the cost of those meetings in light of the recession wasn’t lost on managers either.

Lance Haun is community director for, the main guy over at and a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board.