Here at TOP-TEC, we are proud to be one of the country’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of collaborative furniture. We have a wide range of workspace technology and furniture to choose from. In fact, with TOP-TEC, you can bring your room designs to life with high quality, bespoke, furniture specifically designed for work collaborations.

 For decades, collaboration technology has been limited to larger, integrated and expensive meeting rooms. With office space costing a premium, the average workplace is getting smaller the number of people working remotely is increasing. Consequently driving a demand for collaborative furniture, solutions and spaces, resulting in the rise of huddle space.

 

What is a huddle space?

According to the Oxford Dictionary, a huddle is “a number of people gathered together to speak about private or secret matters.” In other words, a business meeting. A huddle space is just as the name implies, a small meeting space within an office or small meeting room that can accommodate a limited number of people to enable quick discussions or meetings when required.

Despite the recent flurry of press coverage, the huddle space concept is far from new. These small meeting rooms have existed for years but have generally been ignored or relegated to the status of ‘that small room round the corner’. Office huddle spaces and university huddle spaces are becoming an increasingly popular investment. They encourage collaborative learning, and promote the sharing of briefing, planning, and problem solving.

 

What’s in the Huddle Space?

Huddle spaces will often include a small meeting table and chairs that offer flexibility, such as an option for a sit/stand desk, plus audio-visual (AV) equipment. A well-equipped space will include a flat panel display mounted to the wall and a VGA/HDMI cable to allow users to connect to their mobile devices and laptops. It might even include a wireless presentation system. An advanced huddle area will typically support integrated audio and video conferencing. We also have a wide range of collaboration tables to choose from, so you can make sure that no matter what shape/size room you have, you’ll be able to create the perfect collaboration workspace.

 

Benefits of collaborative learning

As working remotely becomes more popular, many organisations are embracing the idea of small meeting spaces to enable staff to continue to collaborate as and when required. This space is perfect for individuals to work privately or for small groups of people to work together.  Unlike traditional meeting rooms or conference rooms, these collaboration spaces require no reservation; they are there to support impromptu meetings and discussions.

Due to the size of huddle spaces, only a small group of people can occupy the space therefore it will increase productivity and reduce time being wasted and distractions. Most importantly, these spaces allow you to work together without incurring a large cost or having to worry about having the right equipment and furniture.

 

What’s the future of Huddle Space?

Due to the evolving nature of the workplace and workforce, it will play an increasingly important role moving forward. Over time, more organisations will recognise the hidden value of their existing smaller meeting spaces. The huddle space doesn’t necessarily make the large meeting room obsolete, offices require a balance of large meeting rooms and huddle spaces to maximise the use of space to increase productivity and save time and money in the future.  

For more information on how we can help you create a huddle space, please check out our planning and design services to see how we can help create a Huddle space environment for you, alternatively get in touch with them via enquiries@top-tec.co.uk

You might also like to read our previous blog on Collaborative Workspace Furniture.