A little bit of a vent here, but I am also curious because I am sure there are people here who are the opposite of me, that enjoy meetings. In the past 2-3 years I have seen the amount of time I spend at meetings on a weekly basis increase many fold. 2-3 years ago I probably had 1 or 2 meetings a month, each last two hours. So far this year I am now spending on average 6-8 hours a WEEK in meetings. I work in a lab, as a bench scientist. I am not a manager, have no direct reports, my job is to produce results. Many of these are two hour "formal" meetings. By formal I mean there are powerpoint slides, minutes that are taken, etc... Most of what is discussed at these meetings are items that can be taken care of with either a short phone call, or better yet emails. Im curious to hear from other people on either side, those that enjoy meetings and those like me, who think most of them are a complete waste of time.