As workers find themselves buried in meetings, and meetings preparing for meetings, experts say they're often a waste. Blame this "weapon of mass interruption" on office culture and poor leadership.
The average American office worker spends more than nine hours of every week preparing for, or attending, project update meetings, according to the results of a survey released last week by the software firm Clarizen and Harris Poll. That's up nearly 14 percent from the last survey four years ago.
"One of the biggest problems in organizations is that the meeting is a tool that is used to diffuse responsibility," Pittampalli says.
He says meetings alleviate the anxiety of making tough calls by delaying decisions, instead of making them.
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