Test, Meeting Overload

 In today’s collaborative work environments meetings, virtual or in person, are a most effective communication venue. As meetings participation and the time we spend in meetings grows we cannot overestimate the need to enhance personal and corporate meeting  quality.

Meeting overload is not having too many meetings but rather it is the resentment of time and life wasted in ineffective meetings.

To what extent do you agree with the following statements?

I Totally
Agree <<<>>> Disagree

I spend too much time meetings. I hate this. 5 4 3 2 1
We have too many committees and meetings. 5 4 3 2 1
When I am asked to attend a meeting or join a committee I am not always clear on what role I am expected to play. 5 4 3 2 1
I do not have full control on who should attend the meetings that I lead. 5 4 3 2 1
Most meetings run overtime. 5 4 3 2 1
Meeting agendas often arrive too late make sure we are fully prepared. 5 4 3 2 1
Most meetings have too many people. 5 4 3 2 1
Committee terms of reference seldom reflect clear, expected objectives and/or outcomes. 5 4 3 2 1
Meeting minutes often arrive too late and have little value. 5 4 3 2 1
Committee effectiveness and leadership are seldom evaluated 5 4 3 2 1
See Assessment Below Total Score:



If your total score is:

  • 10 – 14 = Low Overload
    Congratulations! You are doing fine. You have learned to control the overload problem. Be a mentor to someone who needs your help. It will do you good.
  • 15 – 20= Managed Overload
    You are doing well. Watch for e-mail overload traps. Remember bad habits are contagious.
  • 20 – 34= Danger Zone
    You are overloaded. Learn to prioritize and filter your e-mail wisely. Batch process your e-mail and use filtering tools that may available as part of your e-mail software.
  • 35 – 50= Highly Overloaded
    Things may be out of control. You need immediate changes. Redefine your e-mail handling protocol and habits.  Seek help as soon as you can.


If your score is more than 20 you fall in the danger or the highly overloaded zone. To help you we are glad to we offer you a complimentary Effectiveness and Overload Gauge™. At the end of your survey input the system will e-mail you a confidential personalized assessment report with comparative benchmark data and helpful tips. Click here to go to your gauge.

” Our most recent project with Integrity+ was to review and improve our meeting culture. This helped us:

  • Assess our meeting overload and resulting costs
  • Become aware of the individual and organizational pitfalls
  • Paint a roadmap to change

The results, senior management accepted a set of guidelines to change our overloaded meeting culture and set the stage in defining a set of measurable base line data to guide our personal and corporate improvement objectives.”

Karen MacDonald, Regional Director, River Valley Health
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