(MoneyWatch) What do people complain about most? Meetings. What do workers love about working from home? No meetings.
Meetings are the bane of the working day, and yet it's hard to do anything without them. These days, recognizing that collaboration tends to be more creative than assembly-line thinking, getting people together is how we make things happen.
But meetings are very expensive. When I was consulting for a law firm, I once calculated that the total cost of a meeting based on the hourly rates of the participants was more than $10,000. You should expect an awful lot of great ideas at that rate. Even in companies where salaries are far lower, the cost of meetings is high -- in time not spent on other things, in cynicism and politics.