Are meetings leaving you feeling drained, frustrated and concerned about how much of your life has been spent in pointless banter with colleagues who’d rather be anywhere than in a meeting?

Guess what — you’re in the majority. According to a Robert Half Management Resources survey of more than 400 employees who attend meetings, most of them said that a quarter of their meeting times are wasted. Asked to cite the primary reasons behind unproductive meetings, here’s how their answers (multiple answers were permitted) broke down:

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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