Office Hours: This Meeting Will Come to Order

This Meeting Will Come to Order

The secretary's reply is all too familiar: "I'm sorry, he's in a meeting." No wonder. A survey commissioned by Corporate Headhunter Robert Half shows that the average executive spends 16 1/2 hours a week, or 21 of his 40-hour workweeks a year, in meetings. Thus an executive with a salary of $45,000 earns $18,559 a year just for sitting in meetings. Moreover, nearly one-third of those gatherings, or six weeks' worth of each executive's working year, are considered unnecessary by the people attending them.

The survey, conducted by Cincinnati-based Burke Marketing Research, showed that the biggest time wasters are regularly held...

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