Death to the Meeting Room
The tech-company friendly alternatives
By Lisa Imlach
Meeting rooms. If your organisation is anything like ours used to be, they’re either booked out, double booked, too small, too big…in a company made up of Tribes and Squads we like to think of as multiple mini-start-ups, quick morning meetings, collaborative get-togethers and brainstorms are all part of our daily diet.
Not surprising then that a year ago one of the most common complaints to office management was the lack of available meeting rooms. Collaborative working being our bread-and-butter, we figured it was time for a change.
Back in the day (say, 2003, when we were but a young scamp of a company), meetings often took place in the nearest pub. Well, we like to keep that informal attitude, so while you won’t see pints-on-tap, our meeting room alternatives are a suitable tonic to meeting room stress. Here’s a selection of our favourites.
Stand up spaces
Lots of our team have daily stand-up meetings, with colleagues not in the same office or working from home dialling in over video conference. The idea is, if you’re standing, you’re less likely to waffle, get off subject or simply waste each other’s time. Nobody likes a time-waster. Quickfire daily updates work wonders, and a small stand-up area takes up far less room than a formal room.
High-back confidential sofas and huddle pods
We’ve slotted these in between desk areas — they’re great for one-to-one meetings, catch ups, ideas exchanges… oh, and did we mention they’re made up of sound-muffling material, so conversations don’t interrupt others working nearby? Well, they are. We love ‘em.
Going to be yacking for a while? Our huddle pods have the same magical muffling material as the high-back sofas, but with a table, charging points, USB ports and a screen to share ideas, presentations and more.
Brainstorms need pens. They need some form of writing surface. They need post-it notes to go along with wacky ideas and creative juices. But they don’t need tables. Enter, the vinyl wall. Paper up, brainwaves on.
Sometimes you need space. Whether it’s to read, to reflect, practise a presentation or to sort through a huge to-do list, the Quiet Rooms are the place to do it. Plus, they’re pretty comfortable too.
The Putting Green
It’s a winner: a meeting room of sorts, with vinyl walls for scribbles and creativity, comfy bean bags and our very own putting green. We’ve scored a hole-in-one, a birdie, and quite possibly our next great idea.
Sure, we still use our private meeting rooms (pictured at the very top of this story) — they’re just as fun and funky and they’re great for interviews, reviews, visitors and confidential calls. But for anything else? We’ll see you for a quick game of golf or a scribble on the wall.
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About the author
Hi, I’m Lisa and I’m the Corporate PR Manager at Skyscanner. As someone who once spent a miserable year working in an underground office with no natural light, it’s safe to say that our office environment is one of the many things I love about working here (the unlimited tea comes a close second).
Many organisations see an office as simply somewhere to house the workers, a necessary bricks-and-mortar structure and not much else. Skyscanner takes the opposite view; that an office environment should be complementary to and enhance organisational culture, allowing us to work at what we’re all passionate about — creating brilliant products that make travel search as simple as possible.
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