Time spent together is not always time spent getting work done. According to research by Atlassian, the average workers spends 31 hours in unproductive meetings over a month.
In an interview with Fast Company, Connie Williams, CMO & Chief Knowledge Officers at Syneticsworld, suggested changing meetings from an hour to 37.5 minutes to respect people’s time:
I think it’s funny. You set an hour for a meeting, and you’re always at an hour and 5 minutes. As the end of the hour approaches, the leader recognizes that “We’ve just wasted 55 minutes and now we’ve really got to make some decisions.” The problem is that people are already halfway out the door. Do everyone a favor and reach that epiphany much earlier. If people get out of a meeting early haven’t gotten something done, they’ll come back the next time.
By reducing the time allocated to complete the meeting, you’ll be compelled to reach an outcome much quicker.