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Are your meetings a waste of time?

Are your meetings a waste of time?

For millions of workers who attend frequent meetings, the ritual gatherings often can feel like a waste of time.

“People find meetings generally to be unpleasant,” said Aimee Kane, associate professor of management at Duquesne University’s Palumbo Donahue School of Business. “Meetings can be notorious for wasting time.”

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Because of diverse backgrounds and ideas, discussing problems and goals in a group setting can be a valuable way to get things done. Too often, meetings fall apart because they aren’t structured correctly, experts say.

For starters, they should have a clear purpose that’s communicated to participants in advance so...

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