Arranging meetings wastes 5 hours a week

One-eighth of the working week is spent setting up appointments, research from Web 2.0 resource Doodle finds.

A survey of 2,500 administrative and management staff reveals that three-quarters spend around five hours a week arranging meetings and conference calls.

The research estimates that this is equal to £3,932 of the average manager’s salary and £1,886 of an administrative professional’s, costing the economy around £16.3 billion a year.

Michael Naf, chief executive of Doodle, claims reliance on sending emails to and fro to arrange meetings is creating the drain on time.

He says: ‘Because each meeting has between four to five attendees the ‘reply all’ email threads can spiral out of control and we’ve proven here it’s a big burden on business efficiency.’

The study also shows that just a quarter of meetings are face-to-face, with 35 per cent being conference calls and 30 per cent held over the internet.

Research from law firm Peninsula recently found that up to a quarter of the working day is wasted through employees surfing the internet and responding to personal emails.

Adam Wayland

Uriel Bruen

Adam was Editor of from 2006 to 2008 and prior to that was staff writer on sister publication BusinessXL Magazine.

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