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The conference room – status symbol or completely outdated?

Bigger, more luxurious and exclusive? That’s all in the past. At least when it comes to the design and ambience of the classic conference room. What is behind the thinking and where are we heading? We get to the bottom of things.

A prestigious room for meeting clients used to be regarded as nothing less than a status symbol. It was primarily used by the «executive floor». In recent years, however, there has been a change in culture and values within many companies across every sector. Nowadays, employees are managed on equal terms. Efforts are made to ensure high utilisation of office space capacity and invest in an identity-shaping and employee-focused corporate culture. The employee as colleague and collaborator has taken on a new, key role.

Where does a good team spirit thrive?

The ability to attract good employees is an important competitive factor for companies. After all, they provide the basis for long-term success. It goes without saying that numerous factors play a role in the struggle to secure the best talent – from the remuneration and promotion prospects to the fringe benefits and working conditions. However, equally important for not only recruiting, but also retaining them is a good team spirit and strong identification with the company. And this spirit doesn’t grow and thrive at the employee’s own desk or in a client meeting in the luxury conference room, but through mutual dialogue and interaction. In places where people encounter one another, chat and discuss; where they inspire each other and provide food for thought. Within a modern company, this calls for space. Or better still: spaces. More precisely, the right kind of spaces for different forms of interaction – from the video call and brief face-to-face meeting to the brainstorming session involving the entire team. Or simply for meeting clients in a vibrant atmosphere.

New Work vs prestigious conference rooms?

So what does all of this mean for the classic, prestigious conference room, which was primarily reserved for «important visitors»? It may sound merciless, but the idea is passé in many sectors and companies. After all, particularly in challenging times like these, when buzzwords like «remote work» and agile working (read all about this in our blog article) are on everybody’s lips, it stands to reason that a company will also re-evaluate and examine its space requirements. Less space is needed for classic desks, because people are increasingly working from home. More space is needed for modern shared spaces that can be flexibly used for a variety of purposes. There is a conscious decision to move away from unutilised capacity – spaces that are hardly used. Now more than ever.

Spoom’s shared spaces? Here’s what they have to offer:

  • Espresso Lounge: Free coffee in a coffee house atmosphere – for breaks, brief chats, networking or small events.
  • Meeting rooms: Equipped with the latest technology – perfect for your next get-together or client meeting.
  • Brainstorming spaces: Open-plan zones with high tables and screens – all you need to bring along are the ideas.
  • Phone booths: Telephone boxes are a thing of the past – this is how calls are made nowadays. With no distractions.
  • Relaxation spaces: Sit back and relax or simply read something in peace and quiet – this is no problem in the cosy corner retreats and sofa lounges.

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What are you waiting for? Book your office in Spoom right now and benefit from stylish shared spaces that you can share with interesting people. Pure inspiration and an outstanding infrastructure – all included in the attractive office flat rate. Bookable on flexible terms starting at just one month. Ready? See you Spoom!

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