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