The endless email back and forth.
Other than deans, principals and maybe some department heads in larger educational institutions, academic and support employees don’t have assistants to lean on and take responsibility for their scheduling. For a workforce that’s already stretched thin, the additional back-and-forth of emails when trying to organize a meeting is a criminal waste of time that causes both productivity and engagement levels
to nosedive. After all, the average meeting takes around 30 minutes of working time to schedule. The hours spent doing time-consuming and repetitive admin-like scheduling meetings rob faculty of valuable research, writing or preparation time. They also increase the likelihood that employees’ workplace dissatisfaction grows, leading to burnout, more time off sick, or higher turnover.