Let’s Take This Outside: Is There a Place for Outdoor Walking Meetings in Your Work Environment?
Do you wish your work meetings were more productive? Maybe it is time to leave the confines of the traditional conference room behind and take the meeting outdoors?
Angel Chelick's article on the American Council of Exercise's website suggests that outdoor walking meetings improve creativity and facilitate conversation between co-workers. As an added bonus, we all know walking has cardiovascular health benefits (not to mention the added steps you will get on your fitness tracker).
If you decide to have an outdoor walking meeting, the author does suggest doing some planning ahead of time. Specifically, she suggests picking a time that works well for both the weather conditions and the attendees, limiting the number of walkers, having a route mapped out, appointing someone to record (voice) notes, and limiting distractions.
While we acknowledge that walking outdoor meetings won't work in all situations (like when discussing confidential patient information or when needing to review documents), perhaps it is something that can be considered in some situations.
Check out the full article, and let us know what you think.
Chelick A. (2017) How walking meetings improve productivity. March 20.