A new ICM survey of 2,000 working people,
shows a drop of 30 per cent in those attending meetings off-site.
Conference call provider Powwownow
commissioned the survey from ICM and concludes from the results that cost of
travel, time out of the office and meeting durations are the main factors
behind this apparent cutback in external face-to-face meetings.
PAs even claimed that companies had
banned refreshments in meetings in order to cut costs,” says Powwownow CEO
Andy Pearce. “Some added it led them
to feeling being too embarrassed to hold meetings.”
The poll also found that 31 per cent of
respondents were being encouraged to make use of teleconferencing and web
conferencing facilities, leading to a reported 20 per cent increase in usage
across the sector in 2009.
Powwownow’s poll also discovered a drop of
21 per cent of respondents claiming to take business lunches compared with replies
Nearly a third of the respondents are
spending less on lunch, with the food budget being cut by 17 per cent on
Pearce tells conference-news his poll results show Christmas parties likely to
suffer this year due to the recession. “Respondents believe one quarter of
Christmas parties will be cancelled or be a much smaller affair,” he says.