After the news about Apple’s employees threatening to quit their jobs instead of work in their new Apple Park campus, it’s safe to conclude we have reached peak open-office design. But one modern work trend that won’t disappear is the necessity of collaboration. After all, this basic need to collaborate and co-create for maximum productivity is what prompted the move from cubicles and traditional private offices to open-office design in the first place. Human beings are social creatures, and we often need to meet, confer, and decide for the good of the group.
A conference room used to be delegated for the typical Monday morning team meeting. But today, as the rate of collaboration rapidly increases for touchdown meetings, department brainstorms, hackathons, video conferences, remote team discussions and more, the calendar for the office space’s designated room is maxed out, and the once mighty conference/board room is no longer one-size-fits-all.
How can we adapt our office design without doing a full renovation and building more conference rooms? Contemporary offices are introducing three alternatives to the meeting room of days past.