Do you own or manage a business in San Diego that has multiple employees working in an office setting? If so, does your office have a huddle room yet?
You may have never heard the term “huddle room,” but perhaps you’ve seen or even been in one without knowing it. Huddle rooms are basically small meeting rooms where employees can gather for collaborative work. They typically have comfortable furniture, lots of places to plug in laptops and smartphones, a video conference call system of some sort, and interactive display boards. They’re great for impromptu (or scheduled) brainstorming sessions and for working on projects that involve more than one employee.
In a typical office setting you have cubicles and/or offices, plus a conference room for meetings. Individual offices or cubicles are usually not ideal for meetings unless they’re quite large and well-equipped. Conference rooms also aren’t always the best places for creative collaboration. They can be stuffy and uncomfortable, and not very inspiring. Huddle rooms are designed to accommodate multiple employees at the same time, and also stimulate the creative process. The furniture is inviting and comfortable, encouraging employees to settle in and stay until the work gets done, and the décor is typically more casual and inspiring than what you find in most corporate boardrooms or conference rooms.
If your office has adopted a more open floor plan, which is typically done to encourage collaboration among employees, a huddle room could still be a good addition to your office space. Huddle rooms give employees the option to get away from the noise and distractions of general office work and focus on a particular project or problem.
Phil Borkowski of Fluid Sound, a San Diego audio visual integration company that specializes in commercial projects, had this to say about huddle rooms,
Over the past several years, we’ve seen more and more San Diego companies get on board with the idea of huddle rooms. They see how these rooms are increasing productivity and collaboration among their employees, including their remote employees. A well-outfitted huddle room can be a real game changer for companies.”
One thing that’s really important when you’re designing a huddle room for your company is to consider the end user. You need to make sure that any system you install will be easy to use for all of your employees—even the ones that aren’t particularly ‘tech savvy.’ If things are too difficult to use, or if employees need to call in someone from the IT department every time they want to have a brainstorming session, the room will likely sit unused. When we design huddle rooms, we make sure everything is intuitive for the average person who will be using it, while still outfitting them with all the latest technology.”
You can learn more about huddle rooms and how they can benefit your San Diego company. If you think your company might be a good candidate for a huddle room, contact a San Diego commercial audio visual company to get started.