The rise of standing desks and walking meetings

Your employees spend the bulk of their business day at work–and on many of those days, they’re stuck in a mostly stationary position. Increasing numbers of people work ‘desk jobs’ that require them to spend most of the day at a desk, typically behind a computer. Many offices, however, are making a critical move to help get employees more active: they’re offering standing desks throughout the office and choosing to hold walking meetings instead of meetings around a conference room table.

Standing desks have numerous health benefits

Standing desks are designed to allow employees to stand up while they work. Some employees may choose to walk in place; others may prefer to change positions throughout the day, which standing desks adjust to allow. For many employees and the firms that employee them, standing desks offer a range of important benefits, including:

  • Increased calorie burn – approximately 170 calories per afternoon spent standing instead of sitting
  • Decreased obesity rates
  • Reduced back pain
  • Improved mood among employees
  • Higher energy levels

Standing desks also have the potential to boost productivity, since engaged employees who have more energy and, in general feel better, are more likely to pay attention to the jobs they need to finish each day.

Walking meetings increase productivity

It’s not just that you’re able to knock out some of your exercise for the day and have your meeting at the same time. At a walking meeting, you’re actually able to increase productivity. Your blood is pumping, you’re seeing new sights, and your brain is active and engaged as you talk over the latest problems on your desk. Walking meetings also help ensure that everyone at the meeting is equally engaged and that they’re focused on the conversation at hand. It’s a lot harder to sit and play on your phone when you’re walking along a track or a path at the park! Walking meetings can also help decrease the amount of mindless eating your employees do, since they’ll be out walking instead of snacking on whatever goodies you’ve chosen to provide for the meeting.

Active employees are healthy employees

Do you find yourself scrambling to make sure that you’re able to keep up with productivity in spite of sick days, especially when cold and flu season lashes through the office? If you want healthier employees, who in turn miss fewer days at work and are more productive when they are at work, try offering both walking meeting and standing desk options. This simple transition can help keep employees more active and encourage an overall attitude of wellness throughout your company.

Walking meetings increase opportunity for collaboration

At a walking meeting, every employee is able to talk to everyone else. They can move freely around the area, transforming the way employees interact. This simple step can also remove barriers between employees and high-level members of the management team. When you’re out on a walk, it feels more like all of the members of the team are equal–and that means increased collaboration and comfort with every member of the team. Not only that, employees who walk together are able to create better relationships, which can in turn increase their productivity when they work together.

Walking meetings and standing desks are a great option for many companies. Can you make them a key part of yours? By offering walking meetings and standing desks, you’ll increase productivity, make it easier for employees to stay healthy, and increase collaboration among members of your team: high gains for such a simple swap.


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