Disorganization Tops List of Workers' Peeves about Meetings

May 10, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Disorganized, rambling meetings, not tardiness, top the list of annoyances that employees have about meetings at work, according to a recent survey by Opinion Research USA.

According to the survey, 27% of workers surveyed say they have the least tolerance for meetings without structure, ranking it as their their No. 1 frustration, followed by people who interrupt peers and try to dominate the meeting (17%) and cell phone interruptions (16%).

Other common irritations that employees cited were as follows:

  • People who fall asleep in meetings, 9%
  • Meetings with no bathroom breaks, 8%
  • Long meetings without refreshments, 6%
  • People leaving early or arriving late, 5%
  • People who check their Blackberries during meetings, 5%
  • Meetings starting late, 4%
  • No written recap of the meeting outcomes, 4%.