Is it just us, or do you also feel like you have a thousand meetings a day? Since this pandemic started, we have been jumping from one teams' call to the next. And although we love seeing each other multiple times a day, it can be challenging to stay engaged for each meeting. Since this pandemic started, meetings have risen by 12.9%. Luckily because of the increase in meetings, the duration of these meetings has decreased.
According to a study, done by Harvard University, the average person spends 23 hours per week in meetings. With the average length of each meeting being anywhere from 30 – 60 minutes. And while we hope you have some balance in your schedule, some days you might dedicate your entire working time towards sitting in meetings. For some, this might not be a problem, but for others, it can be challenging to keep up productivity, engagement, and focus throughout all of these meetings.
Be honest here, how often have you been sitting in a meeting and realized you aren’t listening? Don't worry it happens more often than you think. We can quickly get distracted by emails popping up, text and calls coming in, noises from outside the meeting, and so much more. According to one study, 9 out of 10 people daydream during meetings. In that same study, they found that 50% of people find meetings to be unproductive. While another 73% of employees do other work during meetings. In the US alone, $37 billion are lost while attending meetings.
So how do we get the most out of both our meetings and our employees during this time? By taking more breaks. We expect our employees to give 100% focus, engagement, and concentration throughout each meeting. Unfortunately, that is just not possible. The Univeristy of Illinois completed a study that proved that those who take breaks after 50 minutes, performed better than those who don't take breaks. That's why incorporating breaks into at least 1 meeting a day is the perfect solution. Studies suggest sitting for long periods of time can affect your musculoskeletal system, brain function, focus, energy, creativity, and more. That is why we came up with Smart Break Quick.
Quick is our fast and simple 2-minute solution. It's a new way to build healthier and happier teams. Its basic function is ideal for brief physical activity breaks at the workplace. One of the best times to use SB quick is during a meeting. It doesn't matter if it's in person or over zoom, you can all engage in a quick 2-minute break to give you the mental and physical break you need to perform at your best.
If you want to see how you can incorporate active breaks into your next meeting, then sign up below for our free 21-day trial.