Hot Air, Ha, Ha—Uh-Oh!

How do I hate meetings? Let me count the ways.

  1. Tedium.
  2. Pontificating coworkers.
  3. Groupthink.
  4. Carbon dioxide.

That last one is thanks to an illuminating New York Times article that surveyed journal articles on poor air quality in conference rooms. Turns out there’s a lot of truth in all of those jokes about hot air.
The higher the CO2 concentrations in a room, the worse study participants did on problem-solving tests in one study a decade ago.
And a 2016 Harvard study replicated the findings. “Importantly, this was not a study of unique, exotic conditions,” said Joseph Allen, a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health professor. “It was a study of conditions that could be obtained in most buildings, if not all.”
Next step: Save your brain. Call a meeting to cancel all meetings.

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