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Meetings are a waste of time, say third of MENA execs

Have you got a meeting today? Survey finds that nearly half of them will run overtime

Meetings are a waste of time, say third of MENA execs

One in three Middle East professionals believe meetings are a waste of time, according to a recent survey of more than 3,000.

Nearly half also say meetings often run overtime, while more than one-quarter lament that meetings within their company are not focused and divert from the original intention.

However, the survey of 3,380 professionals across the Middle East and North Africa by online jobs portal bayt.com found 78 percent believe meetings lead to good decisions.

Most meetings (88 percent) tend to start on time, but only half finish on time, and one-quarter of respondents say people behave inappropriately during meetings.

Less than half say they “strongly agree” with the statement that the right people are often present in the meetings they attend, while one-quarter disagree.

Only 62 percent of respondents believe that everyone in their company contributes during meetings, including remote employees.

Bayt.com vice president of sales Suhail Al Masri said the survey showed many MENA professionals believed meetings were a good use of time, but they could be more efficient.

“To make meetings even more effective, what we recommend is to always distribute a meeting agenda in advance, start the meeting on time, and finish the meeting on time,” Al Masri said.

“It is also important to invite only the right people, and to create an action list from discussion points and hold people responsible for it. This establishes meetings as a key contact point for all staff, and therefore an important part of regular corporate culture.”

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Paul 5 years ago

Meetings are a waste of time when they do not have a planned agenda and a defined objective. It is even worse when the attendees have poor organizational and communication skills and are unable to be on and manage time.
In Dubai all the above are frequently the case that is why they are a waste of time.
In other words, Meetings are a waste of time when it involves individuals with low professional standards.

Marc Z 5 years ago

Generally, wherever Project Management Companies are involved on a project, you have nothing but meetings and more meetings all day and all week and all year, as this is the only way these so called Project Managers can justify their existence on the project. It has been noted that they do not contribute on any Technical matters, or even have technical knowledge, and the only function they are good at is churning out verbal garbage and paper pushing without even reading a single page. They are best described as Glorified Postmen. Wherever they are employed, such projects never finish on time or within the budget. I still do not understand why Clients sniff them and the sun shines out of their orifices.

SELWIN ILANGOVAN 5 years ago

Well ... Meeting should be a two way communications.. Not only one way..
Secondly each meeting should reflect some points of execution performed that was discussed in the last meeting.. for encouragement..
Each meeting should be planned in such way that it should give a boosting guidelines to your activity..
At least one individual should appreciated for the performance.. and to set an example for others..