If you book meetings and resources at your office, double bookings might be a frequent and frustrating occurrence. Double bookings occur when two people book the same conference room at the same time. It can be a challenge to keep calendars and systems up-to-date to avoid double bookings.
While no one intends for double bookings to happen, they can lead to lost productivity. Sometimes, it feels like you can do everything right and still find someone else in the conference room you booked at the time of your meeting. Fortunately, there are meeting and resource booking solutions available that can help you streamline meeting booking and prevent booking mistakes.
Meeting room management is important because its effectiveness has a direct impact on your company’s overall performance and bottom line. It affects everything from cost savings to people’s perception of your corporate brand. It’s important to have a room booking system that centralizes the management of all your meeting rooms, syncs everyone’s calendars, and saves you the hassle of double bookings.
Using resource scheduling software saves you time, and time is money. Employees can determine room availability and instantly avoid double bookings and duplicate requests. The entire room booking process is carried out online from your computer or mobile device, which frees up employees who normally have to spend time manually processing bookings.
With quality resource scheduling software in place, you can ensure that users are able to view and book available meeting rooms, search for and retrieve booking information, and order extra services. A meeting booking system also allows users to amend bookings as needed. If they cancel their bookings, extra services are also cancelled automatically, so service providers are notified. This means you’ll never overbook services or equipment you don’t need, like catering or audiovisual equipment.
An effective way to ensure that meeting schedules are optimally organized is to place digital signs in front of meeting rooms. This shows visitors and employees whether a meeting room is free or occupied and allows them to book a meeting room right on the spot. Digital meeting room signs are fully synchronized with your Outlook® calendar, so your meeting room schedules are always up-to-date. If there’s ever a no-show, employees can easily free up the room so that it doesn’t sit empty for that block of time.
A web-based room booking system provides a window into your meeting room management process. Room booking systems generate reports that help you keep track of the following trends, among others:
• Room and resource utilization rates
• Popular meeting rooms
• Equipment distribution
• Peak meeting times
Based on actionable analytics, management is positioned to make more informed decisions regarding real estate utilization. For example, you could determine that you need more of certain amenities, find that you require additional conference rooms, or learn the best way to configure your conference room setup. You might also find that empty meeting rooms are consuming electricity and decide that it would be best to close those conference rooms for a set period of time. In another scenario, you might find that a conference room with the capacity to accommodate 50 people is regularly being used for meetings of 5 people, and this comes at a cost to your business. Reports provide you with the data you need to improve and reconfigure your workspace.
Resource Central is simple resource scheduling software for Microsoft Outlook® and Exchange that helps your employees find and schedule the conference rooms they need. Our room booking system provides up-to-date info on meeting room availability, so no guesswork is required and double bookings are avoided. Resource Central can also be integrated with Digital Sign Service, so you can display meeting room schedules right outside of the meeting rooms and avoid scheduling conflicts. Schedule a free online demo or free trial today!