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Modern Conference Room Design

Posted by Path Interactive on : December  24,  2015

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Meetings have garnered a poor reputation throughout the history of business. For many employees, the word “meeting” has become synonymous with wasted time and lack of productivity. They often represent a necessary evil that must be endured before the true work can commence.

It doesn’t need to be that way. A properly designed conference room facilitates communication and acts as a springboard for brainstorming and innovation. A thoughtful meeting space that is built with an understanding of how employees work and interact can turn a dreaded meeting into a dynamic and fruitful experience.

The Purpose of Meetings

Employees often complain that they lack sufficient meeting space. Yet some research shows meeting rooms are only used around 30 percent of the overall time that they’re booked for. The true complaint, though often phrased as a lack of meeting areas, is that available spaces don’t meet the needs of those who seek to use them. Knowledge of a conference room’s purpose
leads to sound design decisions and can result in better work flow.

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User intent is key to design. A business that intends to use a conference room primarily for large gatherings has different requirements than a smaller firm, who may wish to make a conference room available for collaborative work involving just a few employees. In some cases, a versatile space can be built that allows for both sorts of gatherings without compromising the needs of either one.

The Rise of Meeting Room Technology

In today’s meeting room, technology integration is key. Computers of all platforms, tablets, and smartphones have become an indispensable part of today’s work flow. Spaces for laptops, monitors, and projectors must be considered, as well as universal connectivity for these devices.

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The classic boardroom — a single large table surrounded by chairs — has become an outmoded design given the challenges it poses to interactivity and effective communication between attendees. To enable a more free exchange of ideas, modern conference room designs often incorporate a horseshoe-shaped table with a viewing screen located at one end.

dditional seating along the sides of the room may offer a place for those who aren’t a primary part of the meeting and those who need to arrive late or leave early. Such an arrangement allows for easy access to technological aides, a less rigid sense of hierarchy, and more room for open collaboration.

Conference and Meeting Room Support

At Benhar Office Interiors, we strive to meet your company’s unique needs while creating spaces that surpass your expectations. Contact us online today, or call us at 212-481-6666 to discuss how we can help you meet your design goals!

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