The acoustics of the boardroom are not up to scratch – according to Kerryn and Kevin, that is. Those two are always finding something new to complain about, but this is some next level nitpicking. In fairness, it’s not necessarily a bad thing, because it means things get upgraded and improved more than they would otherwise. The squeaky wheel gets the oil, and everyone benefits.
Plus, those two seem to have a knack for pointing out things that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. It’s not I’ve been sitting around thinking about boardroom acoustics, but now that I’ve been alerted to the issue, I can sort of see it. It’s like, if someone puts their teacup down with a bit too much force, all the vowels in whatever sentence happens to be spoken next are ever so slightly off. Not really a big deal, but not ideal all the same.
That’s the thing about office space design. For Melbourne businesses, things really need to be just so. You can’t afford to slip on even the most minute of details, lest the competition gets ahead while you’re shuffling around knee-deep in dodgy vowels. The question is, how do you get the right balance between the ideal space, in all its pristine perfection, and adhering to concrete realities like budgets and logistics?
The answer is this: leave it to the experts, of which there are plenty in Melbourne. Designer office fitouts are generally created to address common concerns without you having to spend too much time pondering them. Professionals are usually able to think two steps ahead of you on these topics.
Still, it takes people like Kerryn and Kevin to point out finer details like how vowels sound after an aggressive sip of tea in the boardroom, and alert the designers to the fact that such things are an issue. That’s why it’s good to have nitpicky types like those two around, even if they do carry on a bit. At the end of the day, we didn’t miss out on the big mouthwash deal because it sounded like Jason said ‘teeth post’ instead of toothpaste, although that probably didn’t count in our favour.