Now, wouldn’t you rather be outside on a gorgeous summer day than stuck inside the office? I think so! Here’s an idea, work outside.
Instead of sitting inside to hold your meeting, try a walking meeting. Walking meetings have shown many benefits for employees and can increase productivity in the office. Not to mention, working outside is FUN, you won’t even realize you’re still at work!
What does the walking meeting have to offer?
- Time outdoors
- Daily vitamin D intake
- Spark in creativity
- Decrease in employee burnout
The perfect uses for a walking meeting:
Since walking meetings can be especially helpful in sparking creativity (walking can increase creativity by as much as 60 percent) try taking your brainstorming sessions outside.
You have an important decision to be made. Maybe this involves confrontation with a co-worker or just a typical discussion. See what Seth Goldman, president of Honest Tea has to say about walking meetings for decision making.
Who are proponents of the walking meeting?
The very successful Steve Jobs (Apple), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Jack Dorsey (Twitter). They seem to have come up with some pretty creative ideas. Perhaps their walking meetings are to thank for this.
The health benefits of a walking meeting:
Most people who work in an office rarely have the opportunity to get up and move. Meetings are the perfect opportunity to get on your feet and get a change of scenery during the day. Summer is the PERFECT time for walking meetings. Just one hour-long walking meeting a day can increase your activity level and help achieve your exercise goals. Even just the act of getting up out of your chair will increase oxygen flow and help you think better.
How to make the most of your walking meeting:
- Don’t forget to wear sunblock!
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Bring a pen and paper in case you want to jot down notes.
- Consider leaving electronic devices at the office (they can be very distracting).
Think of it this way. In your walking meeting you will: get work done, be active and have fun outside. Why wouldn’t you want to work outside?
Walking meetings are a great way to bring summer fun into the workplace. Let us know where your walking meeting takes you this summer!
At TeamBonding we love having the chance to help our clients give back and helping their communities. It’s even better when we can help companies focus on their corporate social responsibilities and actually have an impact instead of creating vague initiatives. Part of the fun for us is coming up with new ideas and creating new programs to continue giving back. We have a variety of programs from our Charity Bike Build and Team Teddy Rescue Bear programs, Operation Military Care to provide care packages to our troops, all the way to Paws for a Cause where you make dog beds, pull toys, or cat scratchers for animals in shelters – among so many other charitable program options!
Mention team building and you’ll see a lot of eye rolls. Mention that you’ve planned a team building event and the room will fill with groans. To a lot of people, team building feels like a corporate buzzword synonymous with forced participation, uncomfortable interaction and just a means to an end. Some think of it as purely a waste of time, taking them away from work they could be doing.
We have an exciting year of trade shows lined up! From ice sculpting demonstrations to battling with bows & arrows, our team is ready to bring the fun to these events across the country. Will you be in attendance at any of these shows?! If so, be sure to swing by our booth and say hello!
When it’s summer time, head outside to enjoy the rays and blue skies. DYI (Do it yourself) outdoor team building is a great way to learn new activities while surrounded by fun company and building strong bonds.
Communication affects teamwork in positive and negative ways. The quantity and quality of communication within a team and from leadership affects teamwork. The more collaboration your projects require the more assertive and intentional your communication should be. Every member of the team needs to take the initiative to communicate. When a team is not actively communicating, their work is at stake. It’s important for everyone to learn how to communicate effectively in order to work effectively. (more…)
It’s one thing to create an atmosphere of trust and a feeling of camaraderie between employees when they’re all in the same building 40 or so hours a week.
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