Why You Should Consider Walking During Meetings

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?

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Will Working Remotely Work For Your Employees?

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.