The workplace of today is moving away from the old workplace pattern of frequent, long meetings that draw people away from their own work in order to have discussions and make decisions. Today’s evolving workplace depends on flexible, functional spaces that are open and encourage frequent interaction. Workplaces today inspire creativity by creating spatial opportunities for collaboration, communication, and teamwork. Yet, there are times when varying degrees of privacy are required for groups to communicate on certain issues and decision.
Through the thoughtful use and placement of workplace furnishings, integration of new technology, and attention to the environment and culture, the multiple needs of today’s workplace can be met. Attentive integration of these components allows the creation of spaces for private meetings, larger team meetings, online meetings, or a combination of meeting types. Creation of optimal conditions that meet the immediate needs for meeting and interaction maximize efficiency, productivity, and the collaboration necessary to build team work and results.