What are you up to during a conference call?

Some of the people on this call might be in the bathroom, or the ER.

Data provided by InterCall , the world's biggest conference call company, and collated by the Harvard Business Review, revealed what people actually do while they're on a conference call. According to the survey, which allowed multiple responses:
  • 65 percent said they do other work, whatever that may be.
  • 63 percent said they send an email.
  • 55 percent said they eat or make food.
  • And 47 percent said they go to the restroom, in a pretty gross display of multitasking.
Just as interesting were the places survey respondents said they took conference calls from. The fitting room, the beach and the ER were all represented. To replicate their experience, maybe head to one of those places (or a bathroom) to revisit our interview with Zach Scott, who created the awe-inspiring/terrifying ConferenceCall.biz.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, the most widely heard program on business and the economy in the country.

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