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 collaboration solutions and spaces, resulting in the rise of¬ huddle space.
¬†Huddle Space –What is it?
According to the Oxford Dictionary, a huddle is ‚Äúa number of people gathered together to speak about private or secret matters.‚ÄĚ In other words, a business meeting.¬ 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 ‚Äėthat small room round the corner‚Äô.
What‚Äôs in the Huddle Space?
A¬ 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 space¬†will typically support integrated audio and video conferencing.
Why choose a Huddle space?
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‚Äôs 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‚Äôt 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¬ firstname.lastname@example.org
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