Remote meetings and the so-called Zoom fatigue have become controversial topics since the pandemic started. And while companies continue encouraging asynchronous work, stats say otherwise. A recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) analysis revealed that there are 60% more remote meetings per employee.
Remote work increases productivity, engagement, and work-life balance. Many benefits come with this work model; however, there are also drawbacks. For many employees, the disadvantages move along the lines of overworking or feeling burnout. And this is mostly due to constant long meetings and micromanagers.
Remote Meetings Continue Increasing
The data analyzed by the Harvard Business Review compared six-week snapshots of meetings from April through mid-May over the last three years. It identified more than 48 million meetings for more than half a million employees since 2020. And the trend continues moving in a similar direction.
However, despite this massive increase in virtual meetings, researchers also found that the length of the meetings decreased since they began to compile the data. The average time of a virtual meeting dropped to an unprecedented low of 33 minutes.
Nearly 42% of meetings in 2022 were one-on-one.