While our offices have evolved to keep pace with the increasingly collaborative nature of work, meeting rooms continue to be a blast from the past.

The inefficient use of meeting rooms means that they are left unused a lot of the time while bigger offices may find that staff struggle to find an available room.

As the Charlotte Business Journal discusses, meetings are expensive in terms of both time and money. The publication cites a UCLA and University of Minnesota study which found that executives spend up to half their working hours in meetings and as much as 50% of that time is unproductive. Technology issues in meeting rooms cause the average employee to waste 2.83 working days every year!

Having said that, there’s no denying that there are times when meetings are needed. Raconteur cites a study by Cornell University which found that asking people to do something in person, such as in meetings, is over 34 times more effective than making the same request over email.

It is clear that meeting rooms need to undergo their own transformation, but what will this look like? Will meeting rooms continue to be a common feature in offices or could new business clubs usher in an era of on-demand meeting spaces?

Founder of The Clubhouse, Adam Blaskey, certainly sees a more flexible future for meetings. Not to be confused with co-working spaces – although House Memberships give daily access to all of the Clubhouse facilities – The Clubhouse is business club, business lounge and meeting space, providing companies with a flexible alternative to meeting in hotel lobbies or coffee shops and co-working spaces.

Blaskey refers to this as space-as-a-service, taking inspiration from the cloud-based business model.

Speaking to Raconteur, Blaskey explains that, just as the cloud brought greater efficiency and flexibility to companies with their software, “people are realising that they can do the same thing with their office space.”

He believes that space-as-a-service is gaining in popularity because “technology and cloud computing has allowed businesses to grow so much to the extent that it’s virtually impossible for any business to predict what their headcount is going to be in the next three to five years and you might spend a fortune leasing somewhere that you may outgrow beforehand.

“Smarter, more agile companies are looking at flexible alternatives like The Clubhouse to expand or contract in line with their business.”
Of course, clubhouses might not yet be an option for every business but, as the trend for space-as-a-service starts to pick up, could we start to see business clubs and flexible meeting spaces springing up around the country?

To help bring your meeting rooms into the 21st Century, speak to the experts at Kerr today. Whether you’re after a minimalist approach or multifunctional suites, we can design a space that meets your needs.

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