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Hot Desking: Is this Business Practice Right for Your Company?
If you were born before 1985, your first office job was most likely at a desk in a cubicle. As you progressed through the company, your cubicle got bigger; you gained a bigger desk and perhaps even a window. Once you made it into management, you left the cubicle behind for an office with four actual walls and a door. That was how success was measuredthe person with the office had "made it." However, for many companies, that yardstick no longer applies.
What is Hot Desking?
Hot desking is throwing the traditional office concept out of the cubicle's (figurative) window. Instead of everyone having a dedicated workspace, the office is an open environment, and people are free to choose where they do their work. Proponents of this concept believe it leads to greater innovation through collaboration. Its detractors believe the opposite, claiming that the concept can stifle workers.
Is Hot Desking the Right Idea for Your Company?
A company that uses this approach can complete more work in less space, so from a business practice's financial standpoint, it's a good idea. However, the setup might not be for everyone or every industry. How do you know if hot desking is right for your company? Here are some things to consider:
Hot desking has its supporters and critics, but if you want to create an open environment for your employees, this could be a good office practice for you. If it doesn't work out, you can always take the cubicles out of storage and go back to the traditional office design.
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