In my former life at a Fortune 100 company, meetings were a way of life. The company ostensibly sold financial services, but what they did best was bring meetings to an art form. As a manager there, it was not uncommon to have 30 hours of meetings in a typical 50-hour workweek. If you wanted to do actual work, you had to do it at home. Coming in early or late sometimes worked, but the “brown nosers” would mirror your workday to look good and you’d never be alone.