Huddle rooms have been a hot trend in the corporate market for some time now. Companies saw the value in small, team-based work spaces where impromptu meetings could take place. As this become more of a commodity, companies began to outfit these areas with technology to spawn and facilitate better collaboration between employees. The trend saw a complete renovation of the traditional way teams worked together. These spaces typically include a central table, a few seats, a video screen, microphone, phone system, and possibly video conferencing capabilities.
Recently, however, some have noticed demand for these types of spaces cool. The problem is that while they are convenient, they have high technological dependency for such a small space. Spending the capital to outfit a room properly is an investment, and huddle rooms can, by definition, only be used by a select few at a time. The question becomes whether a quality video camera, intelligible audio, connectivity, and an HD display are worth the benefits of the huddle room.
Many would argue that the benefits do indeed outweigh the costs. Huddle rooms offer flexibility in a remote working environment. They cut the cost of collaboration, with less cost attached than outfitting a large conference room that will see similar use. They meet the technological demands of the millennial workforce, a generation which is making large strides in the corporate environment and comes with a different mindset of what working life should look like.
While demand may or may not be cooling, the benefits are great. Huddle rooms are primed to become an integral part of the future of technology and collaboration in the corporate environment.