Standing Room Only

July 21, 2014

Standing Room Only

We know sitting is bad for us. Over the past few months we’ve been told that sitting for long periods of time increases our risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer (Fox, NBC, 2014). Sitting might also stifle productivity, creativity, and information-sharing during group meetings. Andrew Knight and Markus Baer of the Olin Business School at Washington University designed a study that measured teamwork and territoriality in groups. Some groups were placed in traditional-style meeting spaces with a table and chairs, and others in spaces with a table but no chairs. They found that those groups without chairs were more physiologically aroused, less territorial, and were more engaged in information sharing. In other words, for more productive meetings – lose the chairs!

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