Recent years have seen big changes to the way people think about office spaces. While sterile, repetitive cubicles haven’t gone the way of the dodo just yet, in London we are seeing a movement towards offices that favour a more open-layout in an effort to encourage communication between employees. Not only can this make your business a more enjoyable place to work, but it can also help to boost productivity and creative thinking.
Despite this, many business owners still have questions about the most efficient places to host meetings. You have several options available to you, including public settings, off-site business centres, or simply staying put at your office, so it’s worth considering which approach is best for the individual task at hand.
Can Public Settings Be Utilised in an Effective Way
Trying to utilise public settings like cafes, bars, and even outside areas like parks has also been gaining popularity. In the past, business owners had a tendency to shy away from venues like this, as you risk having your meeting interrupted by members of the public or some of your employees become distracted by what’s around them. If you’re meeting with international clients, though, taking them to a pub with a uniquely British theme like the Powder Keg Diplomacy on St. John’s Hill or The Four Thieves in Battersea often turns out to be a great icebreaker.
Additionally, business owners are seeing the benefit of these kinds of environments as useful opportunities to host brainstorming sessions, where employees try and come up with original, new ideas that your business could venture into in the future. Similarly, if you recently employed several new members of staff, having your first meeting in a setting like this could also create a much more relaxed atmosphere that encourages open dialogue between new individuals.
Staying in the Office vs. Off-Site Meeting Rooms
However, it’s also true that there are a lot of times when meeting deadlines is critical. In these situations, you’ll want to ensure that your work environment is designed around business use. The most obvious solution to this problem is to simply set up a meeting in your own office, that way people can get straight back to work when the briefing is over. While this is by the most practical route, it may not be the way to go if you want to get the best results.
A recent study in the U.S. has found that almost two-thirds of meeting planners agreed that meetings held in off-site locations were more productive than those spent in-house. London has some great creative meeting rooms which combine professionalism with modern, trendy designs. These off-site location could be a great way to get your team’s creative juices flowing
Do you have any experience planning meetings for a group of employees? Let us know about your own personal experiences in the comments section below.