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A Trapezoid? Office Conference Tables Take New Shape in the Hybrid-Work Era

Whether you’re in the room or dialing in, companies need to retool their meeting spaces to make sure everyone is involved

A conference room in Cisco's Manhattan renovated office.

A conference room in Cisco's Manhattan renovated office.

Photographer: Ryan Cavataro/Bloomberg

Triangle, trapezoid, half oval and more — debating workspace tables these days can sound like a geometry class.

As employees embrace hybrid work, companies need to reevaluate meeting spaces when some attendees are in the office and others dial in. That begs the questions of how to optimize such spaces, which videoconferencing technology to use, and of course, defining what exactly a trapezoid is (read: a shape with four sides, two of which are parallel, while one or both of other two can be slanted.)