Long before COVID-19 entered the scene, requiring a significant portion of work and work-related communication to go virtual, meetings were an all-too-frequent feature of the business landscape.

Our pre-pandemic research found that 77% of employees reported spending 25% or more of their time in meetings, while 42% were meeting at least half their day or more. And those numbers have only grown.

What’s also grown is the level of frustration and exhaustion associated with meetings. Recently video platforms have taken the fall for much of this as we coin new terms like “Zoom fatigue.” But the inconvenient truth is that employees are weary less as a result of being a tile on a screen and more as a result of poorly run meetings.

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