Future of Work Roundup: July 22

This week’s Future of Work Roundup unveils not-so-shocking stats about all of the many wasted minutes during meetings, plus we look at why it’s okay to feel all your feelings at work.

Studies show no surprises: We’re wasting hella time in meetings.

In our new normal of hybrid work, many say we’re spending too much time in meetings – including Booqed, who gathered up 50 shocking meeting stats.

We love a data dump.

  • Let’s not waste any more time: 83% of people spend up to a third of their workweek in video meetings – and nearly half say that meetings are their biggest source of time wasters at work, and that they feel overwhelmed by the number of meetings every week.
  • Though, folks are at least trying to make the most of their lives during all of these calls: 91% reported to have daydreamed during meetings, 39% have slept, and 73% have worked on other things.

The bottom line: We can’t avoid meetings, but we can make them more effective and efficient by using platforms like Brandlive to present content in a much more engaging way – and to offer on-demand options so people can watch (and actually retain info) at a time that makes the most sense for them.

Source: Booqed

Feel your feelings: Why we need emotional diversity at work.

Look, if meeting overwhelm is bumming you out that is okay. In fact, we all need to become a little more open with being able to feel all of our many feelings on a daily basis.

All feelings are good feelings.

  • And yet, one study showed that over half of people say they have to “fake it” at work, and default to toxic positivity rather than being honest and working through complex, reasonable human feelings. 
  • This is important, why? Because of research from Wharton saying that when teams are able to express emotions in the workplace they’re better able to solve problems and generate new ideas.

The bottom line: Alongside having the right tech and comms tools to keep your people connected, it’s crucial to have a modern approach to emotional intelligence in the workplace to ensure your team is supported – so we can all live our most successful, fulfilling lives.

Source: Fast Company

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