No longer just for Presidents on television, the walking meeting is taking off. And thanks to science, it’s now entirely legitimate.
The walk and talk.
Findings by the loveless, horn-rimmed faces of science at Miami University discovered a link between not sitting and getting down to business (not that particular business). The study, entitled the extremely page-turning Opportunities for Increased Physical Activity in the Workplace: The Walking Meeting, espoused the benefits, claiming that changing one sitting meeting to one of the walking variety increased the workers’ health by a bold ten minutes. And as we know from day one in business: not dead staff = results.
Furthermore, the study (as we understood it) found that through the benefit of walking, the retirement age will be pushed further yonder, adding years to the subjects’ lifespan, and thusly more years to row to the beat of the corporate drum. So, in regards to forming a new workflow strategy, it’s worth taking.
In taking the studies too far, or to a Scrooge factor of 9, take the number of walking meetings a week (x), multiply by the 10-minute benefits (y), and you’ve got roughly the amount of time you can inspire your staff by getting them to trail you like a Labradoodle.
But for those who love your staff and the place you keep them in, think of it as a grand social jog around the workplace, as Prime Minister John Howard once trotted around the grassless curtain of Lake Burley Griffin.
That, and there’s an adequate use for this reference in the workplace, finally: