We all have to join conference calls. Where do you make them from and what do you do while you’re on one?
The BBJ highlights findings from the Harvard Business Review, examining conference call behavior. It cites an InterCall survey of 530 people:
Once we dial in (and perhaps put the phone instantly on mute), most of us are not fully engaged. In fact, 27 percent of respondents said they had fallen asleep at least once during a call. The fact that 64 percent of the respondents said they prefer cell phones over landlines explains how they can get away with doing so many other things.
According to the respondents of InterCall’s survey, the most frequent distractions are:
· Doing other work – 65 percent
· Sending an email – 63 percent
· Eating or making food – 55 percent
· Going to the restroom – 47 percent
· Texting – 44 percent
· Checking social media – 43 percent
· Playing video games – 25 percent
· Online shopping – 21 percent