22 July, 2004
BORED WORKERS CONFESS TO SAUCY THOUGHTS IN BAD MEETINGS
Daydream Topics Include Sex, Sport and Colleagues’ Personal Lives, Study Finds
Bored executives find their minds turn to sex, sport and their colleagues’ personal lives when work meetings become unproductive, a new study reveals today. The Mindjet Business Meetings Study 2004 also found that most workers believed the quality of meetings was getting worse and was a drain on their productivity.
The study found that 23 per cent of employees thought about the personal lives of colleagues attending the same meeting, while 15 per cent thought about shopping and 20 per cent about sex. However, food also proved to be a mental stimulant in meeting rooms, with 21 per cent of the respondents admitting they thought about it. Work was not seen as a creative environment with 63 per cent stating that ideas came from outside the office.
Mindjet develops software for visualising information that improves team collaboration to increase the return on costs for people, information and business process management. Mindjet’s MindManager software is invaluable in meetings, where it serves as a digital alternative to whiteboards, flipcharts and notepads. The software facilitates real-time collaboration and consensus building, whether teams are sitting around a conference table projecting MindManager on a screen or are participating in a global meeting.
“People are bored to death with traditional meeting formats and the poor productivity that they generate,” said Peter Bragg, UK Country Manager for Mindjet. “Better team collaboration comes not just from better structured and better organised meetings, but by using tools that capture data and enable it to be shared and utilised far more effectively. Failure to make meetings more engaging is becoming an increasingly costly exercise for employers.”
Mindjet asked respondents whether they felt meetings were getting more productive, with 41 per cent agreeing to this, as long as the meetings stayed interesting. However, 34 per cent felt there has been no change in meetings over the past year and only 25 per cent said that meetings were now less productive than before.
When respondents were asked if they could change the way meetings are run at work, 31 per cent said they would find a way to capture the information electronically so that it is put to better use.
The Mindjet Business Meetings Study 2004 questioned 331 office workers from a wide range of industry sectors including IT, public sector, financial services, manufacturing and telecommunications.
Other key findings from the survey were:
· 32 per cent lose or forget more than 50 per cent of their ideas
· 28 per cent would improve the structure of a meeting
· 11 per cent are either in the bath or in bed when they get an idea
· 22 per cent found meetings to be a big waste of time
MindManager takes a fully integrated approach to working with information, also offering the functionality to distribute information in a variety of formats such as PowerPoint presentations, Project charts, web sites and as XML data. MindManager is already used by more than half a million business managers and team leaders worldwide. The software is used to prepare and manage information used in meetings, projects, departmental-level organisation and for daily business tasks on tablet PCs, desktop PCs, notebooks and pocket PCs.
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Founded in 1993, Mindjet provides corporate clients and business professionals around the world with an expanding portfolio of award-winning solutions for a broad range of business needs. MindManager, Mindjet's visual tool for brainstorming and planning, offers business professionals a more effective method to electronically capture, organise and communicate information and ideas. As the digital alternative to whiteboards, flipcharts and notepads, MindManager increases productivity through faster understanding, better decisions and reduced meeting time. The software seamlessly integrates with Microsoft Office and Microsoft Project. For more detailed information about Mindjet in the UK please visit www.mindjet.co.uk.
MindManager is a registered trademark of Mindjet. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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