SOURCE: Clarizen


July 06, 2011 13:00 ET

Clarizen Survey Finds Status Meetings Don't Help Work Get Done

70 Percent of Information Workers Don't Believe Status Meetings Help Them Accomplish Work Tasks and Almost 40 Percent of Respondents Feel That Status Meetings Are a Waste of Time

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 6, 2011) - Clarizen, the award-winning SaaS Work Execution Software company, today announced survey results that show company status meetings don't contribute to work productivity. Only 30 percent of information workers(1) feel status meetings help them accomplish work tasks and almost 40 percent of respondents believe status meetings are a waste of time, according to the survey, which was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Clarizen from June 6-8, 2011 among 2,373 adults ages eighteen and older. For the purposes of this survey, a status meeting is defined as a meeting with updates for team members on the completed and active work tasks. Brainstorming meetings, discussions regarding strategy and company planning meetings were not included in this definition of a status meeting.

The survey found 67 percent of information workers spend between one to four (or more) hours per week just preparing for status meetings, while four out of ten of those respondents feel that prepping for and attending status meetings is the largest obstacle to efficiently completing work. Two-thirds of information workers believe software technology helps them accomplish their work tasks.

Clarizen's work execution software, delivered through cloud computing (SaaS), allows employees to manage their workday activities, while providing managers and executives with instant insight into activity across their enterprise. Using Clarizen, companies experience improved efficiency, new ways to maximize profitability and rapid return on investment.

"These results show status meetings aren't an effective use of people's time. Today's enterprises and knowledge workers need the right tools to focus, rather than spending hours preparing updates about their work," said Avinoam Nowogrodski, co-founder and CEO of Clarizen. "There's a real demand for a new kind of solution that creates a real-time enterprise. Clarizen is the answer. By creating the collaboration, accountability and visibility needed across an entire company, Clarizen enables workers to spend less time in status meetings and gain insight across an entire company to drive efficiency and growth."

Additional Survey Findings

  • 59 percent of information workers say preparing for a status meeting often takes longer than the meeting itself

  • 55 percent of information workers spend one to three hours attending status meetings for general purposes

  • 57 percent of information workers indicated they multi-task during status meetings

  • Almost four in ten employed American adults believe status meetings are a waste of time

  • 62 percent of information workers believe collaborating with colleagues helps them accomplish their work tasks

Clarizen is unlike project management systems, which are designed solely to benefit the project manager, and is instead designed to make all employees more efficient and companies more profitable based on real-time insight across all work. Delivering value to every team member, Clarizen drives insight into the everyday projects that consume time while creating a current repository of work deliverables and conversations. This level of visibility means executives can view progress, allocate resources and flag issues in real-time. Ultimately projects in Clarizen are completed faster because companies have the right resources and coordination to get the job done.

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Clarizen from June 6-8, 2011 among 2,373 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Dan Wire.

About Clarizen
Clarizen delivers work execution software that powers the modern real-time enterprise by making employees and companies work better, smarter and faster. Employees can more efficiently manage and complete the highest-value tasks on time and in budget. Companies have direct visibility into work being accomplished and can course correct and/or plan resources accordingly to maximize results and profits. Clarizen's philosophy of 'robust simplicity' translates into products that model and enhance the way an enterprise works, while its 'user-first' design results in rapid adoption and acceptance across the enterprise.

Founded in 2005, Clarizen is privately held with offices in Hod Hasharon, Israel, and San Mateo, Calif. The company is backed by leading venture capital firms Benchmark Capital, Carmel Ventures, DAG Ventures and Opus Venture Capital and has raised more than $36 million in total investment.

Clarizen's customers include UPS, Autodesk, Anritsu, ESRI, Lenovo, and NBC Universal. For more information, visit

About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading custom market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers expertise in a wide range of industries including healthcare, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Serving clients in over 215 countries and territories through our North American, European, and Asian offices and a network of independent market research firms, Harris specializes in delivering research solutions that help us -- and our clients -- stay ahead of what's next. For more information, please visit

(1) Employed American adults whose job involves handling or using information

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