If you Google hot desking, the chances are that the articles you’ll find are quite negative. Of course, like anything, there are minus points when it comes to using a hot desk but there are plenty of positives. We’re going to focus on what’s great about it, and in particular what’s so great about the way we do hot desking.
What is hot desking?
Hot desking is when one or more employees don’t have a specific desk to work at in an office. Instead, desks are allocated on a first come, first served basis. This can be done on a very large scale (like Red Bull in London, whose employees basically hang out in comfortable lounges all day), or it can be done on a small scale – a single employee who typically works from home and won’t need a full-time desk, so rents from an office every now and again.
What’s good about hot desking?
The positives of hot desking within a corporate environment are many. It breaks one out of office tribalism, for a start – you know what they say about familiarity breeding contempt, after all. And hot desking fosters creativity when you’re working with colleagues who aren’t necessarily within your specific field of expertise. There’s nothing like discussing a creative idea with a STEM bod and seeing that completely new perspective. For bosses, it reduces overheads considerably if staff aren’t bound to the traditional office idea.
How do we do hot desking?
When the Hwb was born, it was designed to be a friendly, community-focused environment within which freelancers could work. We wanted to give people the option of half days as well as full days, and the freedom to choose which sort of environment they wanted to be in. If you like the hustle and bustle of the traditional office, then you’d want to join us downstairs in the main space. That’s where the majority of our freelancers operate. But if you wanted to work in complete isolation, we accommodate that too.
The important thing, the whole ethos of hot desking, is that it is up to the individual to decide where their best working space will be.
An added bonus
One further added bonus of hot desking (particularly at the Hwb) is that it allows for significant networking opportunities. Many of the freelancers who work here have acquired new projects, or beneficial professional contacts, through working at our offices. Because quite simply, you never know who’ll cross our threshold.
So in summary, hot desking when done right is really a hugely positive thing. It can enhance productivity, create new networks and cut costs for individuals and for organisations. So don’t get bogged down by the perceived negatives, they’re really minor in the grand scheme of things.
And if you want to know more, why not drop us a line? We’d love to hear from you.