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Are Work Meetings While Exercising a Good Idea?

Work Meetings in the Gym: Bogus or Bright Idea

The latest issue of the Harvard Business Review includes its annual list of breakthrough ideas. The one that stuck out to me most was the idea about a
board meeting of the future that would look like this:

Imagine a brain-friendly workplace where board meetings are conducted on treadmills, desks are equipped with stationary bicycles, and people wear gym clothes, not suits. Sound like a futuristic fantasy? The reality is that current work environments inhibit brain performance, and that’s not good for business.

Can you picture it?


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carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
pardon the pun, but doesn't the saying go, "never let them see you sweat?"
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i'm very self conscious when i see someone that i know at the gym. i like to work out in my own world and kind of do my own thing. i think that if co-workers are there and i'm forced to have a conversation - then it ruins the experience for me. besides - i typically go to the gym to relieve work stress - not get more.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I think it's a great idea if you're in a relaxed industry.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
My gym time is for me not to talk about work or have a meeting.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Berlin I second that!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Umm no thanks. When I work out I want it to be MINUS my co workers in my own space. Thanks.
Berlin Berlin 9 years
If you can have a meeting while working out...then you aren't really doing a beneficial workout! You shouldn't BE able to carry on a conversation, otherwise you should be increasing the weights or intensity, or there's really no point to it in the first place.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Apart from being a really gross idea (do you really want to see your bosses and colleagues sweating through their workouts?), it sounds like a bad idea--not only distracting, but potentially giving unnecessary opportunities for unsavory ogling? As if there really needs to be a new opportunity for sexual harassment or just general uncomfortableness in the office.
Angelica Angelica 9 years
Gross, I do not like the idea of being sweaty and trying to be professional. It wouldn't work for me, but I see how it could be good for some fields.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
I think it would make for an inefficient meeting and an inefficient workout.
millarci millarci 9 years
I'm all for a gym being in the office so employees can use it during their breaks. However, I don't think it's a good idea to use it during business. I can't imagine huffing and puffing and trying to have a meeting at the same time.
chancleta chancleta 9 years
i love that idea making me sit still does not get the juice flowing to my brain
bfly1133 bfly1133 9 years
I am feeling very validated today. Thanks ladies! :HUG:
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I agree with bfly1133 too! There's a time and a place...
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
I think it's a great idea!! I work in an office and I HATE sitting on my @ss all day!
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
i agree with bfly. there is a time and place for everything and conducting business meetings at the gym doesn't seem like a good idea. personally, when i do work out, i use it to relieve stress and not have to think about work and responsibilities. so combining gym time and work does not seem to be a good idea for me.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
a bit over the top. Can you imagine a conference call. All you would hear are people breathing heavily.
bfly1133 bfly1133 9 years
I think doing things to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle are great! Whether it's longer lunches to have more time to workout, having a gym on site, or healthier lunch options in the cafeteria. I do, however, think that there has to be a time and place for these advancements. You still need to be able to get work done. And I don't want to see sweatsuits and spandex at the office. :)
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