Take a step and meet in the right direction

With all the “mobile” technology surrounding us, it still seems that most of our work time is spent sitting at their at our desk more than ever before. The average worker sits about 9.5 hours a day – which is 2 hours more per day than they sleep.
Why are we at our desk? What keeps us there? It is our insatiable thirst for increased productivity and efficiency.

Ironically, one of the things that makes us most effective is leaving our desks.
Steve Jobs conducted walking meetings as does Mark Zuckerberg. If these two people found them beneficial, why are not all of us participating.

Here are 7 reasons you want to consider incorporating moving meetings into your culture:

1. Employee Health.
Walking meetings allow employees to involve physical activity throughout their workday, which improves health, lower health care costs, and a lower number of sick days.

2. Higher Employee Energy
Movement creates circulation; circulation creates energy. Rather than reach for the sweets to get a boost of energy, take a walk outside.

3. Inspiration.
Nature and changes of scenery trigger new neuro-pathways in our brains, which yield new ideas, and new solutions to problems.

4. A Flatter Organisation.
Technology executive Nilofer Merchant shares in her 3-minute TED Talk that when executives and employees walk side-by-side, the hierarchical boundaries are virtually eliminated.

5. Increased Collaboration.
Walking meetings aren’t just for a few people. Larger groups can also benefit. Unlike traditional meetings in a conference room, where attendees take a seat and often don’t move until the meeting is over, mobile meetings give attendees the option of moving freely from one conversation to another. Plus having a waking meeting is not as intimidating. The power of particular seating arrangements is minimised or in some cases, eliminated altogether.

6. Stronger Personal Connections.
Walking meetings take the corporate feeling out of meetings. Employees can accomplish the same goals set for a traditional meeting, but they can relate on a much more personal level.

7. Minimised Differences.
Walking meetings bring everyone together. As companies continue to employee 5 different generations of workers, and as diversity increases in the workforce, walking meetings break down both conscious and unconscious biases and barriers.

So don’t wait a second longer. Give it a go. You might be surprised how successful it will be.