If you wish to use it as a Live Chat system, then checkout our IMaqma integration !
The awesome chat dashboard gives the site admin a great insight into how people are using the chat feature on the site.
Maybe put it where the avatar is but keep that chat box so they can still send messages.
We use the timeout in our room meetings to put a break between different topics and allow the users to come up with something to say during that time.
Currently if you use the timeout feature in chat only regular users can see the timeout message and the count down timer.