One of the bigger time sucks for professionals is meetings. According to Atlassian, we spend 31 hours a month in unproductive meetings. Author Dorie Clarke offers some realistic ways to manage meeting requests and tips about participating in those must-attend meetings.
Source: Harvard Business Review, January 3, 2018.
A secondary, but acceptable, reason to join a meeting is for relationship-building purposes. The content itself might be boring or unnecessary, but if you strengthen a relationship with an important contact by putting in some face time, that’s not a bad outcome.