Here’s a little insight into what it takes to be a manager: More managers are annoyed by meetings that don’t start or end on time than by meetings that don’t seem to have an actual purpose.
When asked to name their biggest pet peeve about meetings, nearly one-third of senior managers said their No. 1 gripe was when the meeting didn’t stick to the schedule.
A little more than one-fourth said their biggest pet peeve was meetings that seem unnecessary.
That’s according to a new survey of more than 1,000 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees, conducted for finance staffing firm Accountemps.
So, to recap, if you want to make your boss’s day: Start and end your meeting on time, and make sure it has a useful purpose.
Also, resist the urge to check your e-mail, update your Facebook status or tweet about how useless/late the meeting is. Nearly 20 percent of senior managers surveyed said their biggest pet peeve was when people used devices or laptops for non-meeting related activities.