What is it about?
Walking meetings are a simple way to incorporate physical activity into the workday. Can they also improve meeting outcomes? Pairs of men and pairs of women completed a complex negotiation task while either walking outdoors or sitting in a room. At the end, walking pairs liked each other more than sitting pairs. Women benefited the most from walking. The women had less negative feelings and reached better parity in negotiation outcomes.
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Why is it important?
We add to the work that identifies which work tasks may benefit from walking. For meetings where differences in power can affect someone's performance, such as negotiation, we showed a proof-of-concept that women walking together outside, side by side, may be a way to help put them on more equal footing, yielding less negative feelings and more balanced negotiation results. An untested possibility could be these mutually positive results may spill over to improve future negotiations between the two parties. This was a small proof-of-concept study, there is future work to be done!
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This page is a summary of: Moving outside the board room: A proof-of-concept study on the impact of walking while negotiating, PLoS ONE, March 2023, PLOS,
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