From Oversized Conference Rooms to Precision-Fit Meeting Spaces
Large, traditional conference rooms (think long rectangular tables with seats lining the sides) are still prevalent in many offices today, but our research shows that most are underutilized: people only use two-to-four seats in spaces designed to accommodate six-to-twelve.1 This means that the valuable real estate these large rooms occupy is not being put to good use.
We observed that top organizations are reclaiming the space used for large but perpetually underutilized conference rooms and redistributing it throughout the office landscape to make room for smaller, more purposeful settings and connective spaces. Those that have adopted this approach have seen an increase in space utilization, and their people feel better supported for the many ways they work together.2
1 Confidential and proprietary research with Fortune 500 companies conducted by Herman Miller, 2014.
2 Confidential and proprietary Living Office longitudinal research conducted by Herman Miller, 2015.