Our new bamboo conference table, the latest addition to Stoneline Designs’ line of office furniture, features the wiring trough with sliding cover. The cover slides open to reveal wiring plates which can be fitted with a variety of power outlets and data ports. When closed, the cover conceals the power outlets. Read More
Ruth Haag’s article “The Shape of the Conference Table Determines Success or Failure” applies the same principles to conference table design. Haag examines different conference table shapes and what kind of behaviors they encourage in attendees. Some of her examples:
- Round conference tables encourage free discussion and discourage leadership. Round tables are therefore bad for an unruly group, or for a conference requiring strict organizational rules.
- Long, thin conference tables (such as formed by stringing together several small tables) encourage cliques and discourage unity, by making it hard for the people at one end of the table to see the people at the other end.
- U-shaped tables encourage hostility by placing attendees so far apart that they do not feel a connection with each other. The U-shape also encourages the attendees to ignore the leader because they are not looking directly at him/her.
Stoneline Designs offers many options for adding wiring to our conference tables. One of our most popular options is our conference table wiring trough. The wiring trough option is available for the Crescent or Vector series only. A double rail system is used through the center of the conference table to support the top. The rails incorporate a track system that guides sliding covers. These covers can be finished in Brushed Aluminum, Powder-coated or veneered with Wood. Read More
Your Auntie Mabel probably told you to keep your elbows off the dining table, eat with your mouth closed and ask to be excused from the table. There’s no proper aunt advising us on etiquette when we’re sitting around a boardroom table. But good manners are just as important in the workplace.
Most boardroom table etiquette boils down to one simple principle: be considerate.
If you are attending a meeting or presentation:
- Be on time. (enough said!)
- Remain attentive: no checking email on your Blackberry, fidgeting or daydreaming. Turn off your cell phone before the meeting or leave it behind. If there’s no clock in the room, set your watch in your lap under the boardroom table so you can check the time without the presenter noticing.
- Don’t leave the conference room during the meeting. Take a bathroom break just before if that is likely to be an issue. If leaving early is absoutely necessary and you have prior permission of the presenter, sit by the door to cause as little disruption as possible.
- If the topic is of vital interest to you and you have many questions to ask, try not to dominate the conversation; keep your questions brief, and be sure to let others have their say too. If the opposite is true, still come prepared with a question or two in case the discussion lags. And never interrupt.
If you are hosting a meeting or presentation:
- Only invite people who need to be there. Don’t waste people’s time by calling them into the conference room when their presence isn’t necessary.
- If you need extra time to set up or break down, reserve the conference room for the extra time. Don’t assume the space will be available early.
- If your presentation includes discussion time, give everyone the opportunity to ask questions. Treat everyone sitting around the conference table as equally important, regardless of the corporate hierarchy. Try not to let any one participant dominate, or derail the discussion with off-topic issues.
- The secret to successful meetings: however long your presentation is, always schedule it for ten minutes longer and finish “early.” Attendees will walk away from the conference table thinking you are the best presenter ever.
(And if you must rest your elbows on the conference table, at least your Auntie Mabel isn’t there to see it.)
StonelineDesigns, Inc. creates beautiful office furniture using wood, steel, glass and stone. Our stone topped conference tables are very popular for both home and executive offices. Following are descriptions of some of our most popular types of stone, slate and granite.
Any Stoneline conference table can include a custom power and wiring system. Electronic devices such as computer, projector, or video conferencing equipment can connect to power and data ports cleverly concealed in the conference table top.
Nothing cheers up a cold day like a hot cup of tea. But it can be hard to get good tea when you’re at your desk all day. The Tea Table Blog has an excellent post on how to make good tea at the office. Here at Stoneline Designs we have both coffee and tea drinkers among us. We agree 100% with the Tea Table Blog that facilities to make tea are all too rare in most offices, and that a coffee maker is no substitute. The residual flavor is so strong that your tea will taste like weak coffee, not tea. Read More