You may have heard the term hot desking a lot recently and that’s simply because more and more companies are doing it.
So what is hot desking?
Hot desking is the idea that each employee is not assigned a particular desk but instead given the variety to work wherever they please. This may be at a desk, in a break out area or even the cafe, today’s office design is now created around employee needs- with the need for flexible work spaces and hot desks rising companies are adapting to this.
However, like every new trend there are the positives, negatives and of course everybody has their own opinion. So, this blog is going to talk about not just the positives but also what some people perceive as negatives towards hot desking.
Then if you decide to adapt your office to cater for hot desking then we can provide you with all the essentials you will need.
Let’s talk positives
- Hot desking makes perfect sense for those employees that do not spend all day in the office, such as sales staff that are regularly out of the office. Their desk may sit empty for a large portion of the day, to maximise efficiency, use of space these desks could be used as hot desks.
- Enables creativity and freedom to your own work style– Creating hot desks can simply be a way of removing barriers to collaboration and as a result this can connect your employees further. A well designed bench desk can enable a group of employees to work closely together and as a team
- Hot desking allows you to organise your office around the needs of your staff. Which quite frankly is what today’s office design is all about, breaking traditions and enabling creativity. Some employees may only need a desk to simply check an email, or quickly make a phone call. However, a desk is not the only option we can provide chairs with laptop stands and multimedia booth seating.
- Avoid a negative environment- Some employees may dread coming to work because of the employee they have been placed next too. Therefore, if they are sitting next to an employee they do not get along with hot desking allows them to move around to avoid awkward office confrontations. ( which may have a positive impact on their productivity)
- Promotes an active office environment- We have covered in other blogs the importance of keeping active in the office, such as sit-stand desk and making sure you take regular breaks. Of course you will have heard the headlines
sitting is the new smokingetc. Hot desking could be the answer to make your employees move around that little bit more and make the most of your office space.
And of course there are always some negatives to cover…
- Employees that do not have a desk of their own have a weaker sense of cohesion within a team
- Many employees also feel a sense of belonging and desire to call a space their own.
- Employees are no longer able to decorate their desks with family photos and other personal items, this for some people was a motivator and created a more pleasant environment.
- A reduction in assigned desks can lead to over crowding and even confrontation, higher status employees may find it a power trick and feel they deserve a desk of their own.
Hot desking is not for every company and may not suit your employees needs, but a change every now and again is never a bad thing.
So if you do think hot desking will work in your office here is a bit of advice from Bevlan…
- Make sure it makes sense for your line of work
- Find out what your employees think of the idea, before you just do it.
- Don’t just flip the switch overnight, give your employees chance to take on the change.
- Add a couple workstations and encourage employees to try moving around more first.
Here are some of the best products we suggest for making your workstation fully adaptable…
So if you have decided to give hot desking a try, or if you are already doing it and would like some of our equipment..
Please contact us today- Call 01254 876666 Email- firstname.lastname@example.org and visit our website for more info- www.bevlan.com