This week, Mashable shared a post that discussed the recent trend of people walking while they conduct meetings. The post references several executives and high-ranking officials — President Obama, the CEO of the Priceline Group, Mark Zuckerberg and others — who have been known to switch things up and take their meetings outside on occasion.
Mashable suggests that the trend can be attributed to “executives trying to get a little bit removed from their overly plugged-in desks” and the lack of privacy in open-space offices (another growing trend).
The anecdotes in the post show several reasons that it can be beneficial to walk during meetings. Here are a few of our favorites:
- It gets the creative juices flowing. Sometimes a change of scenery is the perfect solution to a mental block.
- It shifts power dynamics, making participants more equal. When you sit across from someone at a desk or conference table, there are definitely certain power dynamics at play. When you walk side-by-side it helps put you and the other person(s) on a more level playing field.
- It allows for frank conversations. Being out of the office often makes people more comfortable, especially because they aren’t afraid that they will be overheard by co-workers.
BONUS: There was even a TED talk about the subject of walking meetings!
How do you feel about this trend? Do you or your office employ any non-traditional meting practices?
As more companies begin to allow their employees to work remotely, the challenges of working off-site are also becoming more apparent. So, before you decide to make that transition, there are a few things to take into consideration. Mashable recently shared 5 questions that will help you determine if working remotely is right for you and your employees.
- Is my business ready? Allowing employees to work off-site may not be the best decision for new companies or those going through a transition.
- What jobs are best suited for remote working arrangements? It’s a fact that there are some jobs that just can’t be done outside of the workplace. Fortunately, communications professionals can usually find ways to do their work out of the office – whether means working from home or on the go.
- How frequently should staff work off-site? If you decide to incorporate remote work for your employees, specific guidelines should be set. Will employees only be able to work off-site on certain days of the week? Will there be a maximum number of days that they can be out of the office? Make your expectations clear.
- How will you stay in touch? The number of options for internal communications are endless. You can use shared calendars, Skype, email, conference calls and more.
- Have I taken all necessary steps? Make sure you have all your bases covered. Don’t institute a new policy before checking with HR, legal, etc.
Does your work place allow remote working? What are the biggest pros and cons? Let us know in the comments below.