When most people turn 16, they’re thinking about getting their permit, what kind of cake they want and basically how they want to celebrate their Sweet 16. When I turned 16 my family was in a little state of turmoil as my sister had just been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. For those of you that don’t know what it is (I had no idea when I first heard she had it) I’ll try to give you a short description. Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a disease of the pancreas where the pancreas no longer produces insulin (the hormone that converts sugar into energy), its unpreventable and incurable, and it’s usually diagnosed in children and young adults. For the past 6 years I’ve watched my sister go through countless needles, meters and painful nights and I’ve seen her come out on top every single time. Mind you it’s never been easy, diabetes is a struggle every day, it’s a grind and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy (not that I have one but you get the point).
Luckily (and I say that with some reserve), only 5% of diabetics are Type 1, the rest fall into the category of Type 2. The ‘lucky’ part about Type 2 is that it is preventable with appropriate diet and exercise. So, for the past six years I’ve tried to stay relatively healthy but, with working my first nine-to-five desk job, that might get a little difficult. Sitting impacts your metabolism, increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. And, for those men that spend more than two hours a day rooted in their seats, there is a 125% increased chance of cardiovascular disease. If you’re feeling a little down right now, that’s okay, there hasn’t been much to be happy about thus far. But, that’s about to change and here are a few ways in which you can turn your desk into a happy and healthy work place.
Don’t worry, you don’t actually have to stand up for this one. This step’s more about tracking your employees’ engagement in those early morning meetings (or any other time really). Using some simple analytics, like those offered by GetCourse, you’ll be able to make your meetings less time consuming and more productive. You might also consider passing around a medicine ball to the various speakers as a reminder to keep it short.
Here’s where you really stand up. Once you’ve run your analytics on one of your previous meetings try to use that same software with your employees standing up. You won’t need analytics to show you that just standing up can make your meetings much shorter. With shorter, more efficient meetings you’ll still be covering the same amount of crucial information which means you’ll have more time for other projects.
Use with Caution
Everything in moderation. You’re not going to want to have standing meetings that last longer than half an hour because as unhealthy as sitting is, just standing can lead to other health problems (varicose veins, joint pain, etc.). So keep it under 30 minutes and assess whether or not your team can handle standing for that long. If not, try to build up to it gradually. You might see a boost in productivity.
Standing could be just what your business needed and it might be worth a try. So give it a shot and let us know how it goes. We’d love to hear from you! Oh, and here’s a message from our friend Walter Brimley (yes, even my sister laughs at this so it’s okay, right?).