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Meetings by employee level

How does someone's level in the organization impact meeting time?
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Level
# of people
Min. time spent
Max time spent
Average time spent
Min. flow blocks
Max flow blocks
Avg. flow blocks
1
1
0
2
2
2
3 hrs
6 hrs 30 mins
5 hrs
4
8
6
3
3
2
6 hrs
6 hrs 15 mins
6 hrs
3
5
4
4
4
1
1 hr
1 hr
1 hr
4
4
4
5
5
1
12 hrs 20 mins
12 hrs 20 mins
12 hrs
12
12
12
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What to Look For
In 2015, we calculated that the across all industries was:
1.6 for all employees (5+ hours per week)
2.4 for all executives
3.4 for executives in collaborative industries (23+ hours per week)

2020 saw an increase of meeting time by 20% or more in many companies.
Today, a typical entry-level knowledge worker will spend up to 30% of their time in meetings. As you go up levels in the organization, that number increases. Senior executives frequently spend 70%-80% of their week in meetings.
For many executives, running and participating in effective meetings is a key job requirement. It is normal for your level 4 and 5 people to spend more time in meetings than others do.
For people tasked with delivering projects, however, meetings can get in the way of other work. These employees need more dedicated flow-time blocks. High meeting loads for level 1-3 employees may decrease their overall job performance.
Breakdown of meetings by employee level
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