Standing up during your meeting may improve productivity.
Everyone manager struggles with ways to make meetings more efficient, but encouraging people to stand may be one of the best ways to make meetings more productive. We've seen this trend take off recently as standing desks have gained popularity over the last few years. Studies show that sitting for long periods of time can have a significant negative impact on a person's health. With that in mind, two professors from Washington University's Olin Business School created a study to find out if standing during meetings is helpful in increasing productivity and efficiency.
The conclusion? Yes, it can be.
The pair looked at 54, 30-minute meetings, since about 75 percent of meetings are 30 minutes or less. They staged meetings and tasked each group with creating a university recruitment video. The 'standing' participants indicated that they felt their peers and colleagues were more open to ideas and created an overall better video. "Our results suggest that, if leaders aspire to enhance collaborate knowledge work, they might consider eschewing the traditional conference room setup of tables and chairs," the professors said in the study.
Of course, standing for long periods of time isn't great for your body either, so you need to find a balance. Ergonomics experts have said that standing for too long can increase ones odds of developing varicose veins. Additionally, standing for long periods of time may create fatigue and the creativity that comes with this type of meeting may be diminished. The experts suggest using the standing meeting strategy for 30 minute meetings, but nothing longer. If you need a longer meeting, the pair suggests standing for the first thirty minutes, which can still engage the team and create more productive meetings.