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The simple, hard truth about open offices is that they aren’t agile or versatile. Nor do they provide an adequate level of privacy to employees. 

As many as 54% of high-performance employees say that an open office environment is “too distracting” and hampers their productivity. 

How can you address these issues without undertaking major renovation or restructuring work within the office? The answer is — add breakout spaces. According to Tina Rich, designer at Homepolish, “It’s just about having spaces to accompany different kinds of people or sizes of groups and also different activities. […] This helps allow you to have a bit of alone time if you need it.” 

And your employees do need alone time every now and again. 

How Huddle Spaces Address Open Office Issues 

 

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Nowadays, employers are recognizing that the traditional open-plan or “agile” office – seen as revolutionary 20 or so years ago – is not all it was first thought to be.

Still the favored office design up and down the country, it’s a familiar site when we tune in to news channels and see the frantic atmosphere of an open-plan newsroom. In fact a whole 70 percent of U.S. offices are open office layouts.

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While the initial concept behind the open plan was to inspire a sense of belonging and enable co-operation between workers, this hasn’t proven to be the case. Increasingly employers are finding that the design is hampering rather than boosting productivity, and employees are reporting on the drawbacks of this setup.

Of note is the absence of collaborative workspace furniture.

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Over the past decade, open office layouts have been regarded by owners as excellent collaborative environments that foster transparency, creativity and innovation. 

They are considered a less stuffy alternative to the almighty cubicle — with fewer walls and doors separating employees, information flows more freely and cooperation abounds. 

At the same time, companies have also embraced the open office concept for a less utopian reason: affordability. 

Open layouts maximize existing space and minimize costs, both essential when you have dozens or even hundreds of employees to manage. 

The International Facility Management Association reports that over 70 percent of offices in the US use some sort of open office plan. 

Unfortunately, employees working in open offices aren’t embracing the trend. According to an article published in Fortune magazine, open office plans are, in fact, detrimental to productivity and employee well-being; furthermore, they increase the number of sick days employees take. 

In another study, nearly half of open-office workers surveyed were dissatisfied with sound privacy, and 40 percent disliked the lack of visual privacy. 

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It’s no secret that one of the biggest trends driving the huddle room revolution is the open office floor plan. As more businesses opt for fewer stand-alone offices and more shared workspaces, the need for employee privacy is becoming evident. 

Today, the conferencing trend has shifted towards the creation of multiple huddle rooms — in fact, some research predicts that huddle rooms will replace almost 70 percent of all conference rooms by 2022. 

In this article we’ll discuss what huddle rooms are and how they can benefit your company.

What Are Huddle Rooms? 

You’re no doubt aware of football players’ habit to huddle-up to plan their next moves and take down the competition. That's where the term "huddle room" comes from. 

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When it comes to workspace design and long term productivity, it’s a fact – the open plan office concept has failed. There are benefits of course. If there weren’t, the idea wouldn’t have become a trend that saw around 70 percent of offices in the USA having low or no partitions by 2017. 

The most attractive benefit is the fact that it is affordable. It means zero walls, and often not even individual desks, so of course, it would be less costly. 

The other big draw is that collaboration, and therefore innovation, is supposedly a natural side effect of being in the same space together all the time.

But a new Harvard study published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B journal showed that all that forced interaction caused people to withdraw from each other and instead communicate over email. 

It also apparently resulted in a significant drop in productivity.

Introducing huddle rooms

Considering that people tend to avoid each other in the open plan office environment, meetings have become one of the most important interactions in the workplace. Thus, so many companies responded by building conference rooms. 

One large meeting space equipped with all the latest equipment and technology designed to impress everyone who steps into your office space. But these can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

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Having you been hearing a lot about huddle rooms lately? Here’s a quick intro course on what the huddle room is all about, why they are beneficial, and how you can create one for your office.

What Is a Huddle Room?

A huddle room takes its name from sports terminology, where athletes come together in a tight bunch to plan their strategy on the field or the court. Likewise, huddle rooms in the workplace are an alternative to giant conference rooms, meant to get a small group of employees together to huddle over work ideas.

In most offices, huddle rooms are used for both scheduled and impromptu meetings. They can be signed out for team planning sessions or put to use on the spur of the moment when a few employees need to address a new concern or check in on a project.

Why Are Huddle Rooms So Popular?

Huddle rooms are the new collaborative rage, and it’s easy to see why. They solve many of the problems faced by both open office environments and offices traditionally laid out with only one enormous conference room.

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