Considering the frequency with which workers moan about mind-numbing meetings, none of this comes as much of a surprise, but nevertheless: according to the figures, almost a quarter of employees spend up to three hours a day in internal meetings or sending emails to colleagues. The average number of internal emails they receive is 32 – although nearly one in five say they get up to 50 a day, which works out as one email every eight-and-a-half minutes. Eeek.
Of course, this is all a bit questionable. Ignoring the fact that NationalField clearly has something of a vested interest in improving companies’ communications, it’s also making the assumption that meetings are never productive – which, of course, is occasionally true. But meetings can also be very fruitful, if they’re run properly. Ditto internal emails.
That’s not to say that this isn’t an issue at all: after all, when BlackBerry had its three-day outage last week, complaints that people had to start concentrating in meetings instead of sending emails/looking at Facebook were almost as frequent on Twitter as descriptions of peoples’ lunches. But there are ways of dealing with this – keeping meetings to an absolute minimum, for example, or setting a limit for internal emails. Alternatively, you could always splash out on a ‘private social network for enterprise and organisations’. But that’s not very recession friendly now, is it…?