For More Enthusiastic and Productive Meetings, Ditch Your Office Chairs

When participants of a business meeting are standing rather than sitting, they are naturally more excited about their work and less defensive about their ideas, according to a new study.

What's the Latest?


When participants of a business meeting are standing rather than sitting, they are naturally more excited about their work and less defensive about their ideas, according to a study performed at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. The study analyzed two teams of participants working for 30 minutes to develop and record a university recruitment video. The teams either worked in rooms with chairs around a table, or with no chairs at all. "While working, the participants wore sensors on their wrists that measured their physiological arousal based on the moisture produced by their sweat glands."

What's the Big Idea?

In addition to making workers lethargic and defensive, sedentary office environments can contribute to generally poor health. "Evidence has piled up that 'sitting is the new smoking'--that a sedentary lifestyle is linked to an increased risk for depression, heart disease, and diabetes." That takes a double toll on the office, leaving a less spirited atmosphere and costing real productivity when workers are out on sick leave. For businesses looking to try new strategies to increase productivity, ditching your office chairs during meetings is a cost-free experiment that could really pay dividends. 

Read more at Fast Company

Photo credit: Goodluz/Shutterstock

Compelling speakers do these 4 things every single time

The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think

Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee rally at the Anaheim Convention Center on September 8, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Barbara Davidson/Getty Images)
Personal Growth

The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.

Keep reading Show less

This 5-minute neck scan can spot dementia 10 years before it emerges

The results come from a 15-year study that used ultrasound scans to track blood vessels in middle-aged adults starting in 2002.

Mikhail Kalinin via Wikipedia
Mind & Brain
  • The study measured the stiffness of blood vessels in middle-aged patients over time.
  • Stiff blood vessels can lead to the destruction of delicate blood vessels in the brain, which can contribute to cognitive decline.
  • The scans could someday become a widely used tool to identify people at high risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's.
Keep reading Show less

Preserving truth: How to confront and correct fake news

Journalism got a big wake up call in 2016. Can we be optimistic about the future of media?

Videos
  • "[T]o have a democracy that thrives and actually that manages to stay alive at all, you need regular citizens being able to get good, solid information," says Craig Newmark.
  • The only constructive way to deal with fake news? Support trustworthy media. In 2018, Newmark was announced as a major donor of two new media organizations, The City, which will report on New York City-area stories which may have otherwise gone unreported, and The Markup, which will report on technology.
  • Greater transparency of fact-checking within media organizations could help confront and correct fake news. Organizations already exist to make media more trustworthy — are we using them? There's The Trust Project, International Fact-Checkers Network, and Tech & Check.
Keep reading Show less