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Considering Hot-Desking? Keep These Pointers In Mind

According to a fairly comprehensive survey involving 400 multinational companies, two-thirds of the participants confirmed a plan to implement hot-desking by 2020. Not a surprising result, given the trend for remote working, open plans, and rising real estate costs. 

But with hot-desking or shared desk environments come a host of problems, some anticipated, but most not. These included increased suspicion among colleagues, possessiveness, an absence of identity in the office,  distractions, and uncooperative behavior. It’s only human nature to crave some level of privacy, no matter what an employees seniority level. 

But first off, let’s clear out what Hot-desking really means. The terms basically refer to the non-ownership of office seating and desks. Employees simply pick an empty desk and chair to work on when they pop in. This arrangement is generally meant for sales teams, owing to the nature of their work. But an increasing number of firms are generalizing the layout,  more so because a laptop is all you need, and landline phone extensions are being phased out. 

Any design professional worth their salt will never recommend a one-size fit all solution, even if it’s just for junior employees. But as a team leader or a business owner, if you’re going to do this right, best you keep these in mind.

Be careful when mixing Hot Desking with Collaborative Settings

The two spaces and their associated furniture represent different mindsets and work modes. Hot Desking, for the most part, involves solo activity, in which case the buzz from the team brainstorming at the collaborative areas will prove distracting. While an equal mix of different types of furniture helps cover your bases, it’s the space planning that provides the foundation for an effective office. 

Give your team adequate storage space

The two spaces and their associated furniture represent different mindsets and work modes. Hot Desking, for the most part, involves solo activity, in which case the buzz from the team brainstorming at the collaborative areas will prove distracting. While an equal mix of different types of furniture helps cover your bases, it’s the space planning that provides the foundation for an effective office. 

Wire management and Electrics to keep it presentable

Without good wire management and electrics can follow the consequence of having to see wires all around the table, mostly from a laptop and mobile chargers. There are plenty of options out there to manage this, including some modern and funky charging units like what you see below.

Don’t forget Quiet Zones

The two spaces and their associated furniture represent different mindsets and work modes. Hot Desking, for the most part, involves solo activity, in which case the buzz from the team brainstorming at the collaborative areas will prove distracting. While an equal mix of different types of furniture helps cover your bases, it’s the space planning that provides the foundation for an effective office. 

A simple alternative is to provide storage locker units for each employee, giving them a dedicated space to store belongings and documents. An added bonus of this arrangement is signaling an implicit culture of only keeping out what’s necessary, thereby maintaining that minimal and clean look people are generally comfortable working around. Or you could just set a Clear Desk Policy.

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