1A new study suggests that people who stand up while working together on a project are likely to be more engaged, more collaborative and more creative.
The study found that compared with sitting, groups who held meetings standing up were more excited and less territorial about ideas, both of which lead to better elaboration and sharing information, indirectly benefitting group performance.
Not only is information flowing more freely in standing meetings, these meetings are about 30% shorter in duration because people stay focused and engaged with the topics of discussion. There are less distractions in these meetings – computer and tablets are traditionally non-gratis. Perhaps this is the new meeting format for organizations focused on in improving collaboration.
Best practices for holding standing meetings:
- Remove chairs and replace with high tables for holding papers and other supporting material in the meeting.
- Shorten meeting length to 30 minutes – this eliminates idle chatter.
- Use interactive displays to share content, ideas and aid visual communications
- Clear agenda with meeting objectives are a plus to keep discussion focused and participants engaged
So, take the chairs out of the room one day and see what happens!
1Social Psychological and Personality Science published on June 12, Andrew Knight and Markus Baer, both from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
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