For a busy law firm, time is crucial – and effective meeting and conference room management is vital for creating the streamlined operations and working conditions that ensure client satisfaction and overall success.
Law firm leaders understand the importance of ensuring meetings run smoothly and that the valuable time of their legal professionals is optimized.
In this guide, we explore 11 essential tips to guarantee your law firm seamless meeting and conference room management. We’ll also discuss how meeting room management systems like Rendezvous can revolutionize your firm’s operations, with real-life success stories.
Our 11 best tips for seamless meeting and conference room management in your law firm
- Develop your hybrid and remote working strategy
- Invest in employee experience
- Prioritize scheduling efficiency
- Implement a centralized reservation system
- Streamline check-in and out
- Build space utilization reports
- Repurpose space as needs change
- Invest in integrated collaboration equipment
- Install integrated desk and room panels
- Provide good training and tech support
- Capture feedback and continuously improve
Develop your hybrid and remote working strategy
The legal industry has continued to be one of the most forward-looking when it comes to embracing hybrid and remote work models. That’s because it offers what legal firms need – home or remote locating for focused work, and office time for client meetings and collaboration with colleagues.
Legal workplace leaders are now embedding hybrid and remote working strategies into their operations – conference room management is now being designed specifically to accommodate these new work styles.
See our real-life success story to discover how one top international law firm supports hybrid working and meeting room booking with technology.
Invest in employee experience
Your strength is your people, and talent retention and recruitment are incredibly important. Giving your staff the perfect conditions to carry out their valuable and challenging work is extremely important to both of these – you don’t want to lose them to a rival with better working conditions.
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Prioritize scheduling efficiency
One of the core aspects of effective meeting room management in law firms is efficient scheduling. When you organization has multiple teams, clients, and attorneys it’s paramount to ensure that rooms are booked with minimal conflicts. Here’s how you can achieve this:
Utilize meeting management software: meeting room management systems allow to easily schedule, modify, and cancel room reservations, all via a mobile app.
Also, remember to set clear guidelines: establish meeting room booking policies, such as advance notice requirements and cancellation procedures, to maintain order.
Implement a centralized reservation system
Law firms can greatly benefit from adopting a centralized reservation system for all their meeting and conference rooms.
This ensures that all your stakeholders have easy access to room availability and can book meeting rooms in confidence that they will avoid double bookings. It also makes it simple for staff to organize meetings – in-office, virtual or hybrid – across multiple locations and time zones.
Streamline check-in and out
To maintain the seamless running of your law firm’s conference rooms, ensure that there’s a streamlined check-in and check-out process for staff and their visitors. This can be achieved through the use of digital sign-ins and automated notifications, reducing waiting times and enhancing the overall experience.
Hot desking can also make use of touch-free check in and out, using QR codes emailed to the user when they make a reservation, and digital panels ensure good wayfinding.
Build and use space utilization reports
Space usage was once a matter of spreadsheets and guesswork, but far greater accuracy is now possible, thanks to technology.
Conference room management systems integrate with other technologies such as sensors to capture vital real-time data that shows exactly how and when space and facilities are being used. By regularly tracking the usage of your meeting and conference rooms you identify peak times, recognize underutilized spaces and optimize your room allocation.
Repurpose space as needs change
Any dynamic organizations requires flexibility for its workers requirements change over time.
With good utilization data from sensors, staff reservations via their conference room booking app, legal workplace leaders can make supported decisions on repurposing space or even downsizing where necessary.
Invest in integrated collaboration equipment
A downside of hybrid and remote working can be in ensuring that colleagues are able to collaborate as effortlessly as they can when all in the same space.
You can combat this by investing in collaboration equipment such as video conferencing integrated with your meeting room management system, so staff and managers can easily organize get togethers, whether in-office, virtual or hybrid.
For in-office meetings, staff can use a colleague search facility on their mobile app to ensure the people they need to work with will be in the office at the same time.
Install integrated desk and room panels
To further enhance the meeting experience, implement digital display panels outside each conference room. They are invaluable wayfinding assistants, helping visitors to make their way to the correct room so conferences can start on time.
These displays also show real-time room availability, meeting details and schedules, reducing confusion and conflicts. If a meeting runs over, in-room panels allow delegates to extend the meeting or order extra catering without leaving the room.
Success story: How DLA Piper uses integrated meeting management technology.
Provide good training and tech support
It’s no good installing technology if your people shy away from it. Remove any obstacles to enthusiastic uptake by making sure your meeting room scheduling technology comes well-supported by easy-to-understand training.
It’s also vital to have good 24/7 technical support to solve issues if they occur and allow business to continue uninterrupted.
Capture feedback and continuously improve
Hybrid working continues to develop quickly, and one of the most useful things you can do as a workplace leader is ask the people who use the space what they think.
Technology offers the opportunity to capture feedback regularly and easily, making sure you can have a two-way dialogue with users about their needs and how their space should be sculpted to suit them.
Always seek feedback from meeting attendees to make necessary improvements. Regularly reviewing your processes and implementing changes will help ensure that your meeting and conference room management stays efficient and effective.
It’s hard to put a specific value on employee engagement, customer satisfaction and good collaboration, but it’s fair to say it adds up to an enormous figure. And when you add in the real estate benefit of efficient meeting room management, the benefit to law firms simply soars.
As a result, legal organizations are investing heavily in meeting room management software around the world as they seek to make the most of their space and create a seamless environment for their hard-working and valuable staff.
The secret of supporting successful hybrid working lies in the technology that underpins it, making the working day run without obstacles and allowing legal staff to focus on their clients and the intricacies of the work in hand.
Discover more about the benefits of conference room management software here.
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