Why meetings are one of the worst business rituals. Ever.


Fortune

This post is in partnership with Entrepreneur. The article below was originally published at entrepreneur.com.

By Anna Johansson, Entrepreneur

Almost every company in the country currently relies on meetings as an essential component of its business. High-level meetings are held to discuss and set a direction for the company; low-level meetings are used to delegate work and disseminate information; other meetings in between try to fill in the gaps.

No matter where you work or who you work for, meetings are an important part of the job. There’s only one problem: Meetings are bad for business.

That’s not to say that every meeting ever held has been a waste of time. You can likely think of at least one you’ve attended that came to a positive and productive conclusion. But most meetings are disruptive, unnecessary rituals that hurt your company’s bottom line. Don’t believe me?

Meetings are distractions

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