Survey: The majority of meetings last longer than an hour

In collaboration with the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), the scheduling tool Doodle conducted a global study to find out how our meeting behavior will have changed in 2023.

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The scheduling tool Doodle has analyzed the results of a global survey to show how the way we meet will have changed in 2023. The company surveyed around 2,500 entrepreneurs, managers and executive assistants worldwide. The work was supported by the Department of Applied Psychology at the ZHAW.

The most important results

Europeans plan their meetings further in advance, while North Americans hold shorter meetings. And while the US and Canada are still enthusiastically using digital meetings, which we have all used extensively during the COVID-19 pandemic, Europeans are returning to the office more quickly. Meetings that are scheduled more than a month in advance usually last an hour or longer. In Europe, almost two thirds (67 percent) of meetings lasted longer than an hour. 30 minutes to an hour was the second most common duration, accounting for around 29 percent of meetings.

Further findings: The later the invitation is issued, the shorter the meeting lasts. The longer the meeting lasts, the more likely it is to take place in a physical location. And the more people attend a meeting, the longer it lasts.

The complete results are available here.

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