You are committed to creating a healthy workplace, but are looking for simple, effective ideas? Why not skip the conference room and take your meetings on the move with Walking Meetings? By moving, both the body and the mind are engaged in the process, enhancing creativity, and problem-solving skills while preventing the mental haze that comes from sitting in under florescent lights all day.
Walking Meetings are ideal for small team meetings, especially when you need to brainstorm. Following are some tips to help you get your meeting moving.
- If possible, use a park or other outdoor setting. Research shows that getting outside reduces stress, makes you happier and thus more creative.
- Make sure that everyone has their phone off. This is still a meeting and regular meeting rules stay the same.
- Bring along your water bottle.
- Energy levels are typically lowest in the afternoon, so hold your walking meeting in the then to have the most impact.
- Avoid loud and crowded areas.
- Walking meetings work best if you keep the group to 2 – 3 people. When you have more people there tend to be more side conversations.
- Make a goal for walking meetings each week. Replace weekly status updates with a walking meeting and build up to more frequent strolls.
- Make sure that employees have comfortable shoes with them the days you will be having a walking meeting.
- Plot out the path ahead of time. You don’t want to get lost and you want to know exactly how long the route will take you. It might be good to have a few options available.
- You also will want to factor in time to stop and take notes. There will be great ideas coming up and you don’t want to forget them when you get back to the office.
- If the weather doesn’t not allow you to walk outside that doesn’t mean you should skip the meeting. You could walk on side by side treadmills or around the building.
With these tips you are ready to take your next meeting out of the conference room and onto the paths!
Move your body, put good things in and ENJOY every day!