When’s best for you?

October 29, 2009

Beginning or the end of the day? Over lunch or short and sharp with a coffee? The question is what is the optimum time for a work meeting? And the answer, a new study reveals, is 3pm on Tuesday.

This time is considered a diary “sweet spot” when employees are available, motivated and feeling engaged.

Most people don’t like early Mondays for meetings – this is a time for checking emails and girding oneself for the week ahead. And late in the day and the end of the week is a no, no as employees are beginning to clock watch or already planning their weekends.

Surprisingly perhaps the survey by the online scheduling service When Is Good showed that people were prepared to work over lunch, but availability peaks at 3pm.

Choosing the ‘ideal’ time for a meeting might seem like an unfamiliar luxury to time-starved managers who wish that the great creator had included more hours and days in Microsoft Outlook.

However, beware meetings for their own sake: “A meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours wasted.”