Do you want to be better at communicating well with employees, have more time to spend with more of them, be seen as more approachable, and have more fun at work? According to Greg Stock, CEO of data center monitoring software provider Zenoss, there's a simple solution: Ride a hover board, and encourage other employees to do the same.

Stock made this discovery by accident, after severely injuring his knee during a Spartan obstacle race. After hobbling around the office for a few days, he says, "I was in Marketing and there was a hover board sitting there for promotional reasons or something. People helped me get on it--I held on to a desk--but I learned to balance on it very fast. It felt right, and it took a lot of the pain away. It helped me with rehab."

It turns out that balancing on a hover board was exactly what Stock needed to build up the muscles in his knee. It also helped him get out and around and spending more time with Zenoss' 200 or so employees.

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Zenoss is a 10-year-old software company that's always been very engineering-driven, and Stock was brought in as CEO two years ago to create a more customer-facing company. He had always been a fan of management-by-wandering-around, and he soon found that hovering amounted to wandering around on steroids.

Here's why it's been a big part of Stock's success--and why you might want to try it yourself:

1. You can interact with more people.

If your work force is at all spread out, a hover board will get you talking to more people in a shorter time span, partly because it's quicker, partly because people will step out of their offices or cubes to see you. "I didn't realize until I tried it how much it could help me interact with people and with our team," he says. "I'm out 10 to 20 times more than I was, talking with people."

2. It keeps others from taking you too seriously.

Stock soon noticed something else--the smiles on people's faces as he approached on his hover board. "So now, when people come in for the first time, I greet them on the hover board," he says. He's also given presentations while hovering, and even rode the device into a meeting with Zenoss' board.

"If you're out that much more and people are in a good mood when they see you, information is more free-flowing," he says. "It's a different dynamic from walking up to someone as CEO. I feel like I'm way more connected with people than I have been at other companies and I attribute it at least in part to the hover board."

3. If you hover, others will too.

There's a definite learning curve associated with hovering, Stock says. When people ask to try it, he lets them--but with a warning first. "Usually nothing good happens when I let people try it," he says.

But some Zenoss employees are proficient on hover boards, and since the CEO rides one around the office, they feel comfortable doing the same. The company now keeps three or four boards in the office for people to use, and despite the occasional (and highly amusing) collision, it's helped make the company a more fun place to work, and helped other executives increase their communication with employees as well. "If you're a leader who likes to be out with the team, finding innovative ways to bridge the gap and improve communications and relationships, this is the best way I've seen yet," Stock says.

4. Your kids will think you're cool.

There's a definite cool factor to hovering. Stock often rides his board to a nearby Starbucks and back, and of course all the baristas know and recognize him. "There are other companies in the area and people always ask me about it," he says. "It's a definite conversation starter."

Even better: "My kids text me to say, 'My friend saw you riding the hover board at Starbucks. That's so cool!" What CEO and parent could resist that?