Hot desking (also known as flexible working) is the practice in an office of allocating desk space to workers as and when they require, usually on an ad-hoc basis or rota system. This is instead of giving office workers one assigned space or permanent desk, so workers can sit where they choose or whatever desk is available.

Hot Desking is often used by companies as having desks empty for periods of time results in a lot of wasted space. By offering a hot desking policy these unused and redundant office spaces become far more productive and cost effective. These cost savings are useful for companies where employees and staff spend a lot of time out of the office, outside office hours or working from home. Hot desking is most often used in offices where companies share the same space which can dramatically reduce overheads.

Hot desking results in a much cleaner and hygienic working environment as well as being less cluttered as workers must clean the space ready for the next person.

Some desks will come with PC’s while other desks will come with their own Wi-Fi and power outlet supplies. Some companies, in particular sales companies install a permanent phone line for employees to use as and when needed.

Hot desking can have a positive effect on colleague’s wellbeing as it encourages people to move around the office freely. Interacting with other colleagues can encourage better teamwork and improve and strengthen working relationships. This flexible face to face working arrangement also can encourage a more social and relaxed culture in the workplace which can in turn increase productivity.

While hot desking can have a positive impact on a business there are also some negative impacts to consider. Hot desking may work well for some individuals and employers but it won’t necessarily work for all.

Positives of Hot Desking

  • Cost Effective
  • Flexibility
  • Cleaner and Tidier Workspaces
  • Improves Performance

Negatives of Hot Desking

  • Hierarchy
  • Communication
  • IT
  • Disruption
  • Lack of Focus
  • Risk of Ergonomic Injuries

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Published On: August 13th, 2021 / Categories: General, News /