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When you want to walk but your coworker insists on driving

You're on your way to meet a client whose office is four blocks away. You start walking in that direction, but your teammate makes a beeline for her car. "I can drive!" she says. "It's too far to walk." Huh?

You don't mind walking. In fact, a short, brisk walk always feels great. You can't believe your coworker wants to drive FOUR FREAKING BLOCKS on such a great, autumn day. The colorful leaves are falling, the air is crisp but not freezing, and the walk would do you good.


Still, your coworker won't budge. She is driving, end of. It isn't worth digging in your heels on this issue, so you get into the passenger side of your coworker's car and drive the four blocks. Of course, now you're both running late to the meeting because you can't find a parking space.

Walk? Are You Serious?
We may need to update the phrase "walk a mile in my shoes," because a new survey of 2,200 Americans by tech product review company Gear Hungry reveals that many Americans would refuse to walk that far under any circumstances.

Among Gear Hungry's findings: half of people under age 35 can't remember the last time they ran a mile. PE in high school, maybe? Hmm, we're not sure, but we do know than one-third of Americans would rather take an elevator than walk one flight of stairs.

More than half surveyed (52%) refuse to walk if it's raining. Women are less likely to walk a mile than men. Alaskans are the least likely to walk anywhere, while Idahoans are the most likely to walk somewhere.

Basically, we're turning into that scene in LA Story when Steve Martin gets into his car to drive 50 feet. As a nation, we used to make fun of Californians for driving when they could easily walk, but now we've turned into this stereotype.

Which brings us back to your walk-averse coworker. What should you do when you want to walk a short distance, but your coworker insists on driving? You have a few options:

1. You can walk while your coworker drives. You drive, I'll walk and meet you there in a few minutes! This is a win-win, isn't it? However, you can't use the drive to discuss meeting strategy.

2. You can switch between car and foot. This time we'll drive, but next time we'll walk. This means it will almost certainly be raining when it's time to walk, which means that you will be driving instead.

3. You can drive there and walk back. The meeting is over, and now you can walk back to the office while your coworker drives. You didn't get the full eight-block walk in, but four blocks isn't bad. Enjoy it.

Is this a major workplace problem? No, but it's one of those incredibly minor workplace issues this blog specializes in slow walking for public consumption. Go ahead, be the office rebel. Take the stairs at work.

Click here to see how your state ranks nationally on walking.


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