There was a time not so long ago that if your boss called you to a meeting on the roof or out the front of the building, you’d have feared the sack or worse.
But now, with walking meetings becoming common place in companies around the world, you can rest easy when the request comes to ‘hit the road’.
Walking meetings typically are held with two or three people across a set route and period, often 30 minutes.
They can take place at a nearby park or even in office hallways. Some people are using walking meetings to boost their daily step counts. Others are spurred by mounting research on the physical and mental benefits of being more mobile at work.
And that’s the key . . . wellbeing of employees is huge for companies and any chance you get to jump up from your desk and move around has to be good for the body and the mind.
As Rachel Bachman put it in The Wall Street Journal in September 2016,
“They do not require yoga pants or a shower, but the research is clear: walking meetings count as exercise”.
“If corporations were to adopt this ubiquitously, you just start to think of those health benefits adding up,” said James Levine, co-¬director of obesity solutions at the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University in the US.
“It’s an amazingly simple thing and it costs nothing.”
Mark Bray is an AIM member and Head of Knowledge and Sustainability at architecture firm Hassell Studio, whose website sates that “great commercial architecture and workplace design enhances organisational performance and culture”.
“We build maps when we design buildings now and companies like Lend Lease, when they built at Barangaroo in Sydney, they built an app so you could say ‘I want a 15 minute meeting’ and they could put it into their app and they could program a dotted route around their building,” says Bray.
“So it’s a case of get your runners on and let’s go!”