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First of all, it is important to answer the question What is a walking meeting?
The walking meeting is a working meeting that takes place while walking, between colleagues, clients or other stakeholders, to discuss common issues. It is a meeting held outside when the weather is good or inside the building, instead of in traditional offices or a conference room. In today’s society where everything goes fast and there is not enough time for everything, a walking meeting is a simple and effective way to stay healthy, and this, over working hours. Get paid to get well!
It’s better for your health
You spend an average of 75% of your working hours sitting. It is even said that for the current workers, sitting is the new smoking. Physical inactivity is very present in our working environments. Change your habits and go for a walk. It’s easy, accessible and good for your health! Walking brings you only good benefits!!
Here are 10 good reasons to have a walking meeting at work.
1. It’s good for your health
Walking helps to maintain a healthy weight, reduces the risk of dementia, diabetes, colon, and breast cancer as well as heart disease, strengthens bones and prevents depression.
By having a walking meeting, you will be less likely to suffer from energy drop after dinner.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of intense physical activity – or an equivalent combination each week.
2. Accessible physical activity
It is an accessible physical activity and can be performed at any time of the day. Replace only 1 traditional sitting meeting per week and you will see, this will positively impact your health.
Practicing moderate exercise for 15 minutes a day can increase life expectancy up to three years. – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
3. Enjoying going to meetings
All types of exercise promote the release of endorphin, the happiness hormone. Finally, have fun going to meetings. Walking meeting no longer gives the impression of wasting time in meetings. You’re killing two birds with one stone.
4. Well-being at work
Increase your physical well-being and even more your mental well-being by walking. Practicing regular physical activity allows you to engage in healthy lifestyle habits. Walking gives energy, improves memory, increases your sociability and above all, you will be in a better mood. This greatly reduces the stress that your busy schedule can bring you.
5. Improve your efficiency at work
Walking meetings increase productivity, improve time management, mental performance, ability to meet deadlines and help to be more focused on work.
6. Develops team spirit
Walking develops and strengthens interpersonal relationships and teamwork. People are more socially comfortable and spontaneously when they move.
7. Facilitates decision-making
Changing your working environment can give free rein to your imagination and lead to more options that were not previously considered. Walking improves interactions and helps to find solutions quickly. People are more relaxed and talk easily to the subject they want to settle.
8. Better communication
When we feel happy, energetic and engaged, discussions among colleagues or during a team meeting are better. It is also a good way to resolve conflicts; people are more likely to argue when they do not face to face, to look directly at each other.
9. Stimulates creativity
It has been proven that changing environments inspire new ideas. What are you waiting for to go outdoors and enjoy the sun? Invite your colleagues to have a walking meeting in order to solve a file that is causing you problems.
Is it raining? So, walk inside! The goal is to be physically active in order to be stimulated by your visual and auditory environment. Besides, it’s a change from your traditional office.
Walking also helps generate new ideas and improves on average of 60% creativity. – Stanford University
10. Reduces hierarchical distinctions
Walking side by side reduces hierarchical and status distinctions and puts people at ease in the discussion.
Keep in mind that co-walking is not a break from your work. It is only a different way of holding a meeting that would have taken place in a colleague’s office or around a large conference table.
Please note that not all types of meetings should be a walking meeting. Sometimes we need special tools or it may be important to be sitting in front of the person to observe the reactions or negotiate.
However, to accompany you during your co-walking, we suggest that you use Beenote app to keep a record of your meeting. You can record the important points of your discussion and even assign tasks by voice.
And what would be your reason for having a walking meeting at work? Tiredness? Back pain? Going outdoors?
Melanie is the Marketing Director at Comnet Technologie who handles design, content, user experience, and all marketing for Beenote. Melanie helps individuals, teams, and organizations to adopt good meeting practices.