Meetings are unavoidable for employees all over the world. However, according to a 2017 Harvard Business Review survey,71% of surveyed senior managers claimed that meetings are unproductive and inefficient. Additionally, 62% said their meetings miss opportunities to bring teams closer together.
As a business manager, you understand the importance of meetings. But if you and your staff aren’t seeing productive results, it’s time to make some changes. The first place we suggest you start is with your conference room design.
Below are three design trends to implement in your Williamsville, NY workplace that can help you start the New Year right with more productive meetings and a better engaged team.
A large conference room is perfect for client meetings, department check-ins, and team-wide announcements. However, these rooms are less than ideal for creative collaboration, brainstorming sessions, and one-on-one conversations.
Instead of wasting resources and initiating impersonal discussions by booking small-purpose meetings in your large conference room, opt for more flexible, customizable huddle spaces instead! Huddle spaces are specifically designed for spontaneous and productive collaboration between two people or small groups. They can easily be created with wall dividers to break up larger areas around your office.
Encourage more creative brainstorming sessions and positive teamwork by giving your staff the space to meet casually to discuss topics that don’t need a looming conference room space. You’ll notice a rise in morale as you encourage flexible—and less intimidating—collaboration.
Interactive whiteboards are another excellent solution you can add to your conference room design for increased teamwork and collaboration during meetings. Interactive whiteboards and displays help create dynamic learning environments, building greater collaboration and interaction among your peers, staff, and clients.
By implementing an active-learning solution like interactive whiteboards in your conference room and even throughout your workplace, you’re doing away with traditional passive instruction techniques and reinforcing a sense of community and connection among your team.
Instantly share and distribute files, slides, and videos; annotate digital documents in real time; record and save meetings; and even collaborate with team members across devices and offices. Our team can help you choose the right size board, projector, and calibrate your technology for optimized color and lighting.
You and your staff spend roughly 25% of the week in the office, resulting in a dire need for a comfortable workplace. Smart lighting and shading control in your conference room and office space can help mitigate stress and enhance focus for fostering happier and more engaged employees.
Lighting plays an important role in our energy levels and overall well-being. By getting rid of static, glaring lights and opting for one-tap lighting control that can dim and brighten your lights on command and integrate with motorized shades for maximum sunlight efficiency, you’ll encourage more engagement, less fatigue, and fewer headaches among your staff.
During morning meetings, take advantage of energy-boosting sunlight by keeping lights dimmed and motorized shades raised. In the afternoons, lower your shades to 50% and brighten your overhead lights a tad to accommodate the slight loss of natural light. In the evenings, close the shades and brighten the lights to your desired setting. Control is a button tap away on your smart device of choice.
Prepare your business for success in 2020 by upgrading your conference room design to reflect a more engaging and productive environment for your whole staff. From consultation to design, installation, and ongoing support, our team at Sound & Theater is ready to help.
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