The Board Room

In the boardroom, important decisions are taken. It is the location where the company’s policy decisions are evaluated by outsiders of the company. These decisions can change or even impact the lives of employees, customers, shareholders and owners. In the end, from an ethical standpoint it is vital that the documents and information of the discussions and debates occur in an order that the business can defend these decisions.

A board room is a space for meetings of a company’s board, a group of individuals elected by the shareholders to oversee the company. Board members are tasked with maintaining a strong relationship with the CEO and other top executives, devising business strategies and maintaining corporate integrity.

A boardroom is the ideal space for these types of meetings however it isn’t required that every organisation has one. For meetings requiring a small group, a simple meeting room is enough. Modern boardrooms include a video conferencing system as well as whiteboards and screens for remote meetings.

The word “board” is derived from the Latin “tabula” which translates to table. The first time that we heard of the word was in the period of early colonial America when boards were set up to manage and oversee slave trades and plantations. The term became more popular in America after the rise of large corporations and the need to manage large sums of cash, property and workers.