What percentage of your time at work do spend in meetings? If you’re a middle manager, it’s likely about 35% of your time, and if you’re in upper management, it can be a whopping 50%. What’s worse is how unproductive these meetings usually are.

Despite this, meetings are probably here to stay—in fact, we spend more and more time in meetings every year. To help us make the most of this workplace reality, here are the things that seem to distract us, ways to engage, and a handy guide on how to decide whether you should have a meeting in the first place.



Infographic courtesy of Fuze. Photo of people meeting courtesy of Shutterstock.