We are big fans of walking meetings. Recent research as highlighted in the Harvard Business Review article onHow To Do Walking Meetings Right finds that the act of walking leads to increases in creative thinking.
Plenty of anecdotal evidence also suggests that walking meetings lead to more honest exchanges with employees and are more productive than traditional sit-down meetings.
So why not schedule a walking meeting during Work with Nature week and see where it takes you! Here are a few tips to help your walking meeting go well:
Do not surprise colleagues or clients with walking meetings. Plan your walking meeting in advance so that your colleagues can arrive with a change of shoes and possibly more comfortable clothes. You might also keep water bottles on hand to offer on warm days.
Stick to small groups. We would recommend a maximum of three people for a walking meeting.
Have fun. Enjoy the experience of combining work with a bit of exercise and time in nature. Data show that those who participate in walking meetings are more satisfied at their jobs than their colleagues who don’t.