Why a walking meeting?
- Physical activity energizes people and makes them more alert.
- Different environments can inspire new ideas and stimulate creativity.
- Time outdoors, in nature, with fresh air and light, improves physical and mental well-being.
- Walking and talking side by side cuts through hierarchical work distinctions and sets people at ease, which enhances a positive working spirit.
- Walking burns calories, stimulates oxygen flow around the body that increases brain function that increases the ability to solve problems faster.
- Walking and moving allow the mind to become more flexible and can help stimulate the right side of the brain.
- Being outdoors can increase confidentiality that can allow colleagues to work privately with out interruptions.
- Engaging the mind and body is a more holistic way to work.
- It saves office resources when there are fewer machines running which makes the workplace more sustainable and green.
How to Run a Walking Meeting:
1. Organize everything you’ll need for the meeting beforehand and include an
2. Make sure everyone gets the memo about wearing comfortable shoes.
3. Consider the walking meeting for early in the workday to set the tone for the
day and/or late in the afternoon when colleague’s energies are spent.
4. Figure out how long the walking meeting should be with a consideration of the
workers fitness levels.
5. Check the weather and provide a few umbrellas so the weather doesn’t
become a barrier to conducting the meeting outside.
6. While walking meetings are well suited for small groups, with some committee
planning, meetings can accommodate larger groups.
7. Natural settings such as parks or trails work best, but urban settings with
sidewalks can be stimulating and convenient. Avoid noisy roads that are
distracting and dangerous.
The walking meeting can break up a workday, help people stay fit, and make for
a more joyful working community. Read more about the benefits of a walking meeting.
Resource: Walking meeting information was taken from Take the stairs: A worksite wellness toolkit.