Training rooms are where organizations provide development opportunities to employees. It should be a space where workers feel engaged, enabled, and inspired. When participants have the tools needed to learn and participate, your training room can drive better outcomes for the organization.
One of the top ways to do that? With flexible furniture. Yes, the furniture you choose can have an impact on how productive and inspiring your office training space is.
How In-Person Training Can Drive Better Results
While online training and webinars offer flexibility, in-person training experiences lead to better training and learning outcomes. Face-to-face interaction offers a better learning experience than video, audio, or text-based learning.
We see this reflected in the data. Online classes can lead to decreased participation. This may be because in-person training relies on a facilitator who can provide feedback and direction in real-time, whereas virtual learning environments leave more wiggle room for disengagement.
Why Flexibility Matters in Training Room Design
Office training rooms are used for a variety of different purposes. The same space may need to work for onboarding, upskilling, change management, team building, and more. Different layouts can more effectively support these different uses.
Seminar- or classroom-style layouts: Classroom-style layouts, with training tables and chairs arranged facing a shared focal point, are ideal for educational seminars, and hands-on instructional opportunities.
U-shaped layouts: U-shape training room layouts, with tables arranged in the shape of a horseshoe, can encourage socialization and help employees engage in teambuilding exercises.
Theater-style layouts: Theater-style layouts, with chairs arranged in rows (with or without tables), work best for presentations, speeches, and awards ceremonies.
How Flexible Furniture Enhances Your Training Room
Having a training space that can do it all allows you to maximize the impact of your training room design. Flexible furniture allows you to do just that. With mobile tables and chairs, you can begin an all-day session with a presentation or seminar, then seamlessly transition the room to a pod-style layout during lunch for afternoon breakout sessions. And if you need to push it all away, stacking and nesting storage options allow you to store training furniture in a compact space.
When planning a new training room or a training room refresh, look for these furniture options:
Next-Level Your Office Training Room
Flexible furniture is just one of several training room design best practices. Get even more, plus details on how a well-designed training room can provide business value with the guide.