When you think about the most-used spaces in the office, areas such as the breakroom, the copy room, and even the front entrance/reception often come to mind, but in reality, for many companies, the true answer is the boardroom. Originally intended for board meetings, today these spaces have taken on a more casual feel, as they can be used to host a productive meeting with clients, department heads, teams, and so forth. The idea is that they are a meeting space, not relegated to some once or twice a year meeting with company honchos.
Having that meeting space available is most certainly a benefit, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the room is automatically set up for success and productivity. Here we’ll take a look at some design features and elements you may want to add to the room, to give it that extra boost of usefulness.
When it comes to the first step in the design process, it's absolutely essential you consider the needs of your employees first and foremost. They are the ones who will spend the most time in the space, and they are the ones that are depending on that space to offer what they need. Keeping in mind, every office will have its own meeting style and list of needs, so there shouldn't be a once size fits all approach.
If you’re feeling unsure of where to get started, you could always hold a brainstorming session or a meeting asking for input from employees on what would be on their design concept wish list.
The room also has to provide adequate space for seating, taking your largest meetings into account, plus that extra space to move around. A general rule of thumb is to create a space that has extra room rather than packing people in tight.
Because people often give presentations in a boardroom, there should be a natural focal point that all chairs can be positioned to look at. This is why so often you will see rectangle or oval-shaped tables in a boardroom. It allows everyone to pivot in one direction to keep eyes on the presenter/speaker.
It’s also a nice touch to install a beverage station in the room. You can provide a fresh supply of hot and cold drinks, which will help to keep everyone alert and focused.
Then there is the final tip, and this is really meant for businesses looking to get serious about their meeting space and its audio-visual capabilities. Rather than a standard approach, you can bring in a professional company such as Involve to design customised solutions. Involve will work with your company to figure out exactly what the boardroom requires, install it, and train you in how to operate the features. Outside of its professional services, it also offers digital signage, support, video wall installation, and other tech specifically meant for boardrooms.
By using these tips, you’ll be able to create an effective and productive boardroom space.