According to new research commissioned by GoTo, more than 2 in 5 office workers in the UK say they suffer with poor communication with their colleagues.
This poll reveals that just under half of employees (47%) prefer face-to-face meetings with colleagues as they find these meetings frustrating and unnecessary. This then created an image of employees suffering in a culture of communication chaos, many of them complaining about the inadequacies of office meetings.
On average a UK office worker attends over 12 meetings per week. However, they often complain that these meetings start late (22% of respondents), they often overrun (27%) and that other people attending do not turn up on time (27%).
One third (34%) of employees said they would rather have face-to-face meetings replaced with written communications. Research also revealed that employees are often conflicted when it comes to communicating in the office and nearly half said that they prefer in-person communication, where on the other hand, a similar amount of employees (48%) say they find hand written communications easier.
Sion Lewis, Vice President of EMEA at LogMeIn said – “Poor communications between colleagues is one of the biggest causes of poor productivity and resentment at work, yet it’s clear that many businesses are still struggling to facilitate effective collaboration.”
”This will not necessarily be the same for all; what’s important is that organisations work with their employees to give them a choice of effective options. Giving teams the right tools is one of the best ways to boost productivity while simultaneously improving employee morale.”