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How to Avoid Getting Dragged Into Meetings

The corporate world has always loved meetings just a little too much. But the pandemic accelerated the problem, as managers desperately attempted to supervise their direct reports after the shift to remote work, and team members strove to coordinate with each other and maintain some semblance of social connection.

A 15,000-person study by Reclaim.ai showed that professionals now spend more than half the standard workweek — a full 21½ hours — in meetings, an increase of 7.3 hours a week just since the pandemic began. Even as many companies have returned to the office or adopted hybrid arrangements, it seems the bias toward more meetings may have stuck. The overall number of meetings remains up nearly 70% versus February 2020, the study reports.

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