I don’t know about most people – but I find it really easy to get in a funk when I have to spend too many hours at the office. One way I get around this is by taking refuge in a different space. While I also relish working at home, that isn’t always the best idea, given the distractions. That’s why I like meeting rooms. They give me all the options of a business home away from home.
Work environments really affect how staff works. For example, when the space is open, free and yet includes everything they need, they can focus on being attentive and creative. If it is stuffy, cold and too small – this does not make it exactly conducive for opening up your mind.
When it comes to meetings – nothing can put a damper on them more than inadequate space. When there are not enough chairs, for example, people tend to get uncomfortable having to stand or lean against something. Years ago, we used to have people sitting on the floor at times. It doesn’t have to be that way when you can book a meeting room in close proximity to your office or any other location desirable to you and your team.
I know that when I get back from a few days away from the office, it kind of feels like a mini-vacation. Having the opportunity to use a meeting room elsewhere motivates me toward making other changes. It opens doors that, quite literally were closed before.
New meeting rooms also breathe life into otherwise stale subjects. No one really likes to discuss boring topics concerning facts and figures. What can really make the difference is where those meetings take place. Making them more lively and upbeat also goes a long way toward inspiring participation. I noticed a big change in attendance and motivation when I took the time to prepare the meeting space. I booked large enough rooms so everyone could sit at the table. We always had beverages, but when we started to include lunch – our meetings were always filled to capacity.
Also, lunch was a time that most people were able to get away from their routines. As a result, some people actually became excited about our meetings. Imagine how wondrous it would be if people actually could look forward to their meetings. Try booking a meeting room and see for yourself!