According to a Wall Street Journal article, employees have had enough of “walking meetings,” typically initiated by a manager who wants to get some exercise. Employees cite exhaustion, bug bites, overcrowding, uncomfortable height differences, crashing into things, and losing people along the way.
On the plus side, people say it boosts creativity and energy, as this infographic shows. Some say it reminds them of college, when their professor held class outside in nice weather. (Do people still do that?)
Comparisons to “The West Wing” abound, but it’s not quite the same without the cameras following you.
What’s your view of walking meetings? Do the benefits outweigh the costs?
Should managers be more sensitive to people who have physical challenges or just prefer to meet inside? How should managers handle these situations?