Take a look at what 12 companies do to make meetings memorable, effective and short.

At first glance, it would seem that meetings are certainly getting a bad rap. According to the National Statistics Council, 37 percent of employee time is spent in meetings. What’s more, 47 percent of employees consider too many meetings to be the biggest waste of time during the day. That outranks social media and email!

A few companies have taken matters in their own hands. Take a glimpse at the following tactics provided by FastCompany, including:

  • Starting meetings at an odd time – such as 8:48 a.m. – to ensure that the meeting does not go forgotten
  • Allowing employees to color during creative-thinking meetings
  • Holding meetings on the basketball court to encourage movement to inspire creating thinking
  • Requiring those who show up late to sing to help eliminate tardiness

From creative to crazy, that’s just a glimpse of the tactics companies have adopted to ensure they make the most of meeting times. Read the full list at FastCompany.