Standing at meetings may boost productivity
Standing during meetings may actually help people be more productive at work, according to a new study.
The research, conducted by scientists at Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, was inspired by changes in the university’s workspace such as the addition of standing desks. The researchers divided participants into two teams, one of which was placed in a room with chairs and a table and other in a room with no seats. The teams then spent 30 minutes producing a recruitment video for the university. While the teams worked, the researchers observed teamwork, quality of the videos and overall productivity.
The results of the study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, showed that the team members of the standing group were more open to sharing their ideas, produced better quality videos and were more enthusiastic during the work session when compared to the team that sat down during their meetings. Researchers concluded that the study suggests that the way people in the workplace approach their work and each other may be affected by the physical space in which they work.