What is hot-desking?
Hot-desking simply means desks are used by different people on an ad hoc basis. Each hot desk typically comes with a large screen monitor, easy-to-reach power sockets, and a network connection port. Staff will normally be given access to a shared printing and file server as well.
- Maximize space efficiency;
- Reduce office rental and maintenance costs;
- Ideal plug-and-play solution for external consultants and freelancers;
- Encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration.
- Hot desking is not suitable for companies with high-level privacy requirements;
- Lack of dedicated ‘base’ for users to store their personal belongs;
- Some employees might feel they were not treated/valued properly by the company due to a lack of personal space;
- Some employees might argue team collaboration is an excuse to get staff back in the office because hot-desking won’t guarantee their teammates are always sitting next to them;
- Super quick team interactions are not always possible;
How to get the best of both worlds?
We suggest every open-plan office should have a few sit-stand desks as hot-desking on top of its normal desking. Because of the added health benefit of height-adjustable desks, employees who use them feel they are more valued by the company. While their usual personal desking offers them privacy and quick team interaction.