Are Bad Meetings Ruining Your Office Productivity?

There are many obstacles standing in the way of productivity for the modern office. The rise of smartphones and social media. Endless emails. And perhaps worst of all — the pointless meeting.


You know the one.


The one where nobody knows how to use the conference call equipment. The one where you spend fifteen minutes waiting for Greg to get his coffee. The one where you spend an hour listening to someone explain a useless spreadsheet, while you secretly think about dinner plans and contemplate the meaning of life.


Bad meetings aren’t just a drag on productivity, they also come with a hefty price-tag. $37 billion dollars to be exact. That was how much was wasted in unproductive meetings last year, and with upper management spending 50% of their times in meetings, that number is set to climb unless we take effective steps to prevent meetings from becoming unproductive.


The following infographic highlights the true cost of unproductive meetings, along with a fun flowchart to help you figure out if your next meeting is really necessary.

does this need a meeting flowchart

Elita Torres

I have over 20 years experience as a leader, first as a General Manager for several Big Box retailers with over 100 employees, then as a district manager overseeing an average of 23 stores. Currently, I am a Sales Director overseeing 4 Districts. My passion for leadership and personal development has led me to share my journey in a Blog. Find out more on