What are Huddle Rooms?
Huddle rooms are a small and private meeting area, typically seating 3-6 people and equipped with audio, video and display system technology. These rooms are often used by groups who want to get together for impromptu, or previously scheduled, meetings to collaborate on projects.
What are the benefits of a huddle room?
- Huddle rooms save money. They are much less expensive to outfit than large conference rooms and they also can take advantage of spaces that are too small to serve any other useful purpose.
- The rooms can be multi-purpose, for example providing office space for mobile workers and telecommuters who are only occasionally on the premises, while remaining available for everyone at other times. They can also serve as office space for client meetings, which otherwise might have to be held in a big and mostly empty room or offsite.
- Multiple huddle rooms provide private spaces which are much more conducive to small-group collaboration than a large conference room which might have to be shared by multiple groups meeting simultaneously. The more intimate space also tends to ensure that attendees are engaged.
- More attendees can be added through teleconferencing technologies, expanding the effective group size and potentially linking multiple meeting spaces, either onsite or at different locations.
- The size of huddle rooms limits the number of attendees so that meetings are limited to individuals who need to be there and other people can get work done instead of wasting time.
What’s In A Huddle Room?
Common elements include:
- Some type of display, usually an LCD or LED monitor or television. The display is often mounted against a wall to maximize space.
- A table or central workspace with chairs for people to sit around.
- A camera and microphone or some combination of the two that allows for communication with people outside of the room.