The Fuze report, Productivity @ Work: The Fuze Communications Index, incorporates global usage data reflecting engagement with the Fuze platform by more than five million workers in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the USA, including 2.5 million meetings, 20 million calls, and 33 million messages. The report found that communications and collaboration preferences are often as diverse as the workforce they support. By understanding these preferences, companies can empower their employees by implementing solutions to support a collaborative work environment.
- Global meeting productivity––On average, meetings with members from one country last 19 minutes, but when adding team members from an additional country, the meeting length doubles to 38 minutes. Including four or more countries triples the length of the meeting to 57 minutes. The duration of a meeting should increase for each new country added to reach maximum productivity. Additionally, organizations should consider switching calendar settings to 25 and 50 minutes to ensure that meetings start on time by allowing employees ample time to get from one meeting to another.
- Engaging distributed teams––While video and screen share meetings are shown to improve meeting engagement, only 23 percent of global respondents report that they use both video and screen share during meetings. This gap creates an opportunity for companies to build meeting cultures that improve employee engagement and productivity.
- Most effective meeting times in different U.S. time zones––On average, the best time for East Coast meetings daily is 10:00 a.m., but for the overall week, the best time to meet is at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. The average top preference for daily meeting times for West Coast workers is 9:00 a.m., but for the overall week, the best time is 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays. It appears geographic stereotypes hold true in terms of meeting length, as southern and midwestern meetings frequently run longer. For example, South Dakota tops the list with the longest average call length of eight minutes and 15 seconds and Delaware has the shortest average call length at one minute and 24 seconds.
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