Effective meetings may be as simple as standing around.
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Tired of boring meetings?
Is there a way to hold more effective meetings?
Would you be happy if your team had faster meetings with the same decision quality (or lack thereof)?
Stand-up meetings are 34% faster than sit-down meetings and with no impact of decision quality, according to research.
The study authors commented:
We designed a study to test the time-management prescription of holding stand-up meetings rather than sit-down meetings in order to shorten meeting length and increase productivity.
Stand-up meetings were shorter than sit-down meetings, but there was no difference in decision quality.
Surprisingly, the study found that people were more satisfied with sit-down meetings even though they were longer.
People were also more satisfied with the use of information in sit-down meetings even though decision quality was no better.
The study authors noted:
Groups in the sit-down meeting format used more information but did not use this additional information in a more effective manner than groups in the stand-up meetings
Overall, people showed the same level of commitment to their group’s decision regardless of format.
Translating the study’s finding to real world effective meetings, let’s consider a company which has 10,000 employees.
This research implies that if each employee replaced one 30-minute sit-down meeting per year with a stand-up meeting, that meeting would be about 10 minutes shorter and be just as effective.
That would save the company over 100,000 minutes—nearly 1,700 hours—per year, or approximately 212 work days.
The study was published in the Journal of Applied Psychology (Bluedorn, Turban, & Love, 1999).