Hot Desking Not Desking


It’s 2017 and the way we work now compared to 10 years ago is incredibly different. Working from home or even a train is now possible as our previous blog “Office Evolution” has discussed. But, changes to the way we work inside the office are occurring too. There are now such a variety of ways to work inside the building, that being able to satisfy everyone’s individual needs can be exhausting.

Today we are looking at hot desking…

What is hot desking? – “Use a desk as required or on a rota system, rather than having one’s own desk”

If you didn’t know already (we are sure you did), it’s a cool new way of working which means you can sit where you want to within your office. Perfect! Now you can get the seat closest to the water cooler and get all the office gossip. However, the idea of hot desking doesn’t make EVERYONE jump for joy. In fact, the whole idea has been quite controversial…

It is thought that hot desking could save the UK over £34 million a year (Reported on but can it be damaging to staff morale and staff health? It is thought that hot desking could mean that staff members are not taking the time to adjust their screen and chair as they should to make sure they are sitting correctly, which could cause damage in the long term. There is also the topic of bacteria which could be spread via phones, mice and keyboards. YUK! Some more cons (if we hadn’t listed enough already) include not being able to personalise desk space with things like pictures, plants and books etc and the build-up of clutter and neglected items which staff fail to claim ownership of. Function’s Sandra Draper is not ‘Team hot desk’ because she doesn’t like having to adjust her chair everyday and calibrate her screen but she does like being able to “mix with different people in the office”

Now all that bad stuff is out of the way, we can discuss the positive attributes to hot desking. Staff communication for example. Having the flexibility to move around the office gives employees the opportunity to sit next to and chat with colleagues whom they wouldn’t normally get a chance to speak to. This helps to create new friendships, new work ideas and builds an all-round stronger team. Cost, as briefly mentioned is another fantastic pro of hot desking. Function founder Tony Factor is all for hot desking and says “Whilst humans can be resistant to change and like to stay in their comfort zones, hot desking allows organisations who embrace agile working to have smaller offices, which means less cost, more profit which means higher wages” – and who doesn’t want that?