Organizational Walking. The New Normal of Bodily Movements In and Around Organizational Life

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    A central characteristic of the workday of the millions of people working from home during the pandemic was the monumental lack of movement. Not physical exercise as such, but sheer movement like walking from one office to another, walking to the watercooler or to the cantina, or walking from one meeting room to another. In this conceptual paper I focus on one type of movement: walking, and I first define and distinguish four types of organizational walking: transition-related walking, recovery-related walking, visibility-related walking, and relational-related walking. Second, I elaborate on why organizational walking – beyond increasing employees’ well-being – has important outcomes. In bringing back the body and bodily movements to the corporate office, and to working-from-home arrangements, the concept of organizational walking helps explain how and why walking has important consequences for everyday organizational life, and why we in a new normal also needs to facilitate and foster organizational walking.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighty-second Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
    EditorsSonja Taneja
    Number of pages1
    Place of PublicationBriarcliff Manor, NY
    PublisherAcademy of Management
    Publication date2022
    Publication statusPublished - 2022
    EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022: Creating a Better World Together - Seattle, United States
    Duration: 5 Aug 20229 Aug 2022
    Conference number: 82


    ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Internet address
    SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings

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