You probably don’t need us to point out that the traditional boardroom of the past has moved on tremendously. Boardrooms and large meeting spaces are now far more collaborative, creative and engaging spaces where various different levels of staff can communicate and participate on a more level playing field. From more comfortable and stylised furniture to advanced technology solutions, the corporate boardroom design of decades gone by is no longer.
That said, many businesses do still feel that their workspace benefits from a more formal setting, even if it’s not quite as structured as it might have been traditionally. This now tends to come in the form of executive meeting spaces or private offices which have a more high-spec look and feel. These are usually used by senior members of staff as a place to find individual focus, confidentiality or to hold private meetings with colleagues.
Here, we help you strike the balance between the benefits of classic boardroom interior design and the contemporary evolution offered by modern commercial design.
One of the most prominent departures from tradition is how modern boardrooms are now more inclusive and accessible to all. For example, meeting tables have been designed specifically with equal lines of vision in mind so that all participants can see screens or speakers to no disadvantage.
Many boardrooms have now also been made into more multifunctional settings with more modular furniture, which maximises the use of the area and enables businesses to offer staff additional benefits such as training spaces.
A well-designed boardroom also needs to take into consideration the rise of nomadic and agile working. According to the Office of National Statistics, nearly all (90%) of UK workers want to work remotely for at least part of the time. So, with this rising interest in flexible working, it’s crucial that businesses start catering for this in their workspace design, fit out and facilities.
Our advice for improving communication between remote and resident workers when thinking about your boardroom interior design is:
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