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Take Advantage Of The Lobby


Robby

One of the most underutilized spaces in modern office buildings is the lobby. I’m writing this post while sitting in a building in north Indianapolis where there is a huge area of chairs, tables, benches. It’s comfortable and quiet. So why is it here?

Lobby
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We all know the reason buildings have lobbies. It’s a place for people to wait before they go into a particular office. Lobbies also have an engineering purpose: you don’t need to have a huge number of exterior doors if you use a lobby.

But most organizations don’t make much use of these spaces. Here are four things you can do with the lobby:

Host Special Events – Chances are that the lobby is the biggest space in your building. Our architectural preference is that rooms that have a large area should also have a high ceiling. That makes the lobby a great space for a special event, because you can hang banners, put up balloons, and generally have tons of different activities.

Use for private work – Sometimes we just can’t get work done at work. The buzzing of coworkers and the ringing of phones may drive us nuts. Grab a laptop or a pile of papers and head to the lobby where you can focus.

Eat your lunch – If you decided to bring your lunch in a brown paper bag, sitting at your desk may not be the best choice. Besides getting crumbs in your keyboard, it’s good to exercise a little. Walk down to the lobby and stay out of the elements and enjoy a bite to eat!

Hold informal meetings – The conference room can be a good place to meet, but the lobby has benefits too. If you need to spread out and brainstorm—or if you just want a change of scenery—consider meeting in the lobby!

All of these ideas are worth considering. Head to the lobby and think them over!

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About the Blogger: Robby Slaughter is a productivity speaker and expert. He is a principal with a AccelaWork, an Indianapolis consulting firm.

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