The future holds many unknowns: how will AI play a role in the workplace? Will we ever make it to Mars? And why is everything chrome? Although we’re unable to answer all these questions, we can tell you definitively where the future of collaboration is headed: huddle rooms.
Huddle rooms are small, collaborative spaces that are ideal for up to 6 people. They include a display, as well as cameras and microphones to allow for video conferencing.
According to Wainhouse Research, there are over 50 million huddle rooms found globally today. Their popularity is undeniable and only seems to be growing.
Here are 5 reasons why huddle rooms are the future of collaboration:
1. Perfectly Sized
Numerous studies suggest that 4-6 people is the optimal size for a group. These groups tend to be more focused and productive, which means quicker, better quality work. A huddle room encourages the group’s collaboration, and it ensures they each team member has the technology they need to work effectively. By choosing a huddle room over an open office space or larger room, teammates can better hear and take part in discussions while having all the technology they need at their disposal.
2. Less Expensive
A smaller room means lower costs, both in terms of initial build and later upkeep/electricity. Although it’s necessary for your company to have a few large rooms, 73% of all meetings consist of 2-4 people, making larger, more expensive rooms less necessary overall.
Instead of underutilizing these rooms, it makes sense to install more huddle rooms, thereby having more space for more groups simultaneously, instead of too much space for fewer groups.
3. A Break from Open Workspaces
Open workspaces have been trendy for the last few decades, and it seems like they’re here to stay. However, that doesn’t mean they’re the ideal space for meetings; between typing, coughing, and the crunch-crunch of snacking, the noise levels are bound to rise quickly. Not only can these noises be annoying, they can also make it hard to hear things that are actually important, like a client on the other end of your video conference. Fortunately, huddle rooms offer the privacy that open workspaces lack; they’re designed to encourage collaboration and productivity, and they’ll provide your employees with the space they need for meetings and collaboration.
4. Ideal for Remote Workers
Over the last decade, remote workers have surged in numbers. This trend is likely to continue, and experts predict that 73% of companies will have one or more remote workers in the next few years. In order to accommodate these remote workers, companies will need to invest in technology, such as cameras and microphones, in order to hold video conferences. A good huddle room should include these features, and you can customize your room to allow for even higher quality meetings.
5. Employee Satisfaction
It’s not uncommon for an employee to complain about meeting spaces. Many rooms are too noisy, while others have limited or poorly managed technology. And sometimes, it’s simply hard to find a room. Huddle rooms allow for easier scheduling and more focused conversation, which inspires better meetings overall. In turn, these higher quality meetings lead to happier employees, increased productivity, and a more positive, collaborative work environment.
If you want to decrease costs and increase employee morale, huddle rooms are the way to go. They’re ideal meeting spaces for small groups, and their AV features make them perfect for video conferencing. In short, huddle rooms are the future of collaboration, and it’s time to embrace that future.