The size of a conference room typically varies depending on its intended use: conference calls, board meetings, management discussions, or other decision-making meetings. More often than not, conference rooms are the most versatile rooms in any organization (along with huddle spaces) and are among the best-equipped office spaces in terms of AV technology.
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What features should a good conference room have?
A conference room is obviously a place where a lot of important decisions are made. So how to make sure it is optimized for critical thinking and problem-solving behavior? Let’s have a look at a number of features that are considered essential for every conference room:
Ready to use
Generally speaking, conference rooms are often booked well in advance. Nevertheless, they should be available for use at short notice as well, with all equipment readily available and usable by both employees and guests. Conference rooms should help people work together toward a common goal, allowing them to conduct quick status reports, share updates and set weekly goals before heading back to their workspace.
Both the equipment and setup of the conference room need to be rather formal, given the nature of the meetings that are held here. Since this is often the first or only room that guests encounter, making a good first impression is important here.
As conference rooms can be used for a variety of meetings, each with their own needs and objectives, it is important to make sure all expectations are met. Meetings should never get highjacked by the search for equipment.
Conference rooms are designed to keep confidential information and conversations (such as breakthrough ideas, product launches, and other classified information) behind closed doors. Attendees should feel safe to discuss any topic without any worries about confidential information leaving the room.
What about the design & setup of a conference room?
To ensure everyone is able to contribute to the meeting, make sure your conference room provides tools that foster collaboration:
- Television displays,
- Video conferencing technology,
- Interactive screens,
Once the meeting is in progress, the setting of the conference room should help all participants focus on the agenda without any interruption or distractions. It is, therefore, best to opt for a neutral, business-oriented environment with colours that provide a relaxed working environment.
Depending on the purpose of the meeting, conference rooms may be set up in various styles.
Hollow Square Style
Classroom (also called “Cinema”)
Conference room technology
In a business setting, it is important to provide instant access to the tools people need to deliver a great presentation. Whether they choose to show videos, share slides, or have an expert join the session via video-conferencing, that should be possible without any hassle.