Charlotte Talks: You're Working From Home, But You Can't Escape Meetings

May 12, 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Why are American workers forced to sit through so many meetings, and why are they so pointless? Two experts on the science of workplace meetings have some thoughts on how to make them better.

This program originally aired Jan. 9, 2019.

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The coronavirus has raised plenty of questions about the future of work and the workplace. For now, though, the drudgery of work continues, and that includes meetings. No doubt you've had to log on to a video conference during this new world of working from home.

While you might get to go to these get-togethers in your sweatpants, that doesn't make them any more enjoyable.

Before everything was turned upside down, American workers collectively suffered through 55 million meetings every day. Odds are you left most of them thinking it could have been just been an email.

If only there was a science behind meetings that could make them better. 


Steven Rogelberg, UNC Charlotte Belk College of Business, Chancellor's Professor and professor of management; author of "The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance"

John Kello, Davidson College, professor of psychology