It’s not just Bob Marley who thinks it’s important to stand up. More and more organisations are discovering the benefits of replacing traditional sit-down meetings with “scrums” or “huddles”. But let’s not use either of those bingo terms; we prefer to just call them stand-up meetings (catchy, eh?).
Not only do stand-up meetings save time and space (you can hold one almost anywhere), they also help increase motivation and promote productivity. Bear with me.
Ok, so this does sound like a new-age fad, but stand-up meetings aren’t a new concept at all. Actually, some military leaders in World War I held their meetings standing up for the same reasons.
At Group Dane, we’ve come up with the S.T.A.N.D. principle (Status, Time, Action, Need, Decisions). Here’s what that means for us:
When you’re standing, no matter who’s leading the meeting (whether it’s a team junior or a director), everyone is equal. How many times have you been sitting in a meeting looking up to the person talking, or looking down to the people listening? Not only does this give you a crick in your neck, the body language shouts “status”.
Nobody likes to stand up for longer than necessary, so standing meetings help to cut down on wasted time. Every moment you spend at work is being paid for by someone, so keeping meetings short may give your clients better value for money.
Standing is naturally more dynamic than sitting and this will be reflected in the actions that come from the meeting, as well as the tone and outlook of the team.
The fact it’s standing up means people will only call meetings when they’re needed. How many meetings have you sat through that weren’t essential?
You’ll find that opinions are expressed much more concisely and decisions are made more efficiently when you’re standing up.
So, all of this sounds great in theory, but will it work in practise? Well, according to a study by Professor Allen Bluedorn, of the University of Missouri, stand-up meetings are about a third shorter than sit down meetings, but the quality of decision-making is about the same.
The next time you have a team meeting, why not try it standing up? In the mean time, stay tuned for our next blog on why travelling on skateboard is more efficient than walking…