Is Hot Desking Worth It?
Originally gaining popularity in the 90s, hot desking has made its mark in the office place.
Giving employees the option to work wherever they want within an office is supposedly good for team moral and productivity, but is this the case for everyone?
Hot desking means people will be sitting with and consequently communicating with people they wouldn’t normally socialise with on a normal workday. Encouraging people from different teams and of different seniority levels within a business to mingle during work hours will ultimately result in a surge in collaboration, making it much more natural and effective and will even promote a great company culture.
Alternatively, hot desking can also hinder vital face-to-face communication if teams need to communicate and collaborate but aren’t able to find a space to work. This issue can easily be acknowledged by devoting certain areas to team work, this could be private collaboration areas which can be booked out or even dedicated work benches large enough for a team to work at.
Decorating your work area with personal trinkets such as photos and maybe even good luck charms is normal in a workplace, however it can be taken to such extremes that offices can end up looking cluttered and disorganised.
Hot Desking means employees wont have their own personal desk area and so the office will look organised and tidy.
However, personal trinkets add personality to a workplace, which will disappear if all areas are completely uniform. Why not add shelving units or even lockers for staff to keep their belongings and customise to fit their personal taste.
The chances of all your employees being productive in the same environment are minor, some people excel in collaborative, loud environments whereas others are extremely productive working in silence with few distractions.
Hot desking allows people to find an area to work in where they feel most productive, whether that’s in the middle of the office surrounded by people to bounce ideas off or in a small individual office.
However, people might work best in certain areas which get full quickly, to avoid this issue it might be worth using some kind of organisational method or a booking system.
Some people don’t like change, so hot desking might not be for everyone. Maybe offering the option out to your employees and seeing how many people are interested can give you an insight as to whether it would work within your place of work.
Ultimately, when deciding whether to hot desk it’s important to discuss it with your team, send out surveys and even hold meetings to ensure everyone is on board, you should also take into account your company culture, it wont work for everyone.
What’s your view on hot desking? We would love to hear from you!