As business owners and employees are becoming more aware of the negative effects sitting all day is having on our bodies, new ways of staying active on the job are needed. We all know by know that standing desks are a great solution for keeping moving at our desks, but what about those of us who are stuck in meetings all day, every day? Here are some creative solutions for giving everyone in your conference rooms the option to move freely throughout the day.
Equip Your Conference Room with an Adjustable Height Conference Table
That’s right, adjustable height furniture doesn’t only come in desk form! Adjustable height conference tables come in a wide range of styles and sizes and allow meeting members to decide for themselves when they’d like to sit or stand. Remember to provide stools rather than standard conference chairs in a meeting room with an adjustable height table. This way, when the table is set to standing height, users will still be able to take a seat if they prefer. Remember, it’s all about offering everyone a choice!
Offer Active Seating in Your Conference Rooms
While stools are an ideal option for the standing conference room, you may also want to offer active seating options such as ball chairs or leaning stools that promote positive fidgeting. Active seating allows meeting members to move freely while they sit, encouraging movement in a setting that would normally prevent it. Beware of what type of conference room these seating options are provided in, as the fidgeting active seating promotes can be potentially distracting. We suggest offering these seating options in more casual offices or meeting spaces.
Hold Active Meetings Outside the Office
If possible, try holding meetings outside the office from time to time. Even a short walk to a new location will get employees moving, which in turn gets those creative juices flowing. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can even try holding the meeting while walking. This type of meeting is typically only viable with a small number of participants, and you should make sure that everyone is on board with it before the meeting takes place. Not everyone is physically able to walk for even short distances.
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