As companies grow, real estate becomes more expensive and work forces expand, it makes sense for leadership teams to review physical space structures to best suit the needs of the company.
And with all the benefits to staff too? Well it’s a win/win!
While the theory is that having fluid style seating arrangements (hot desking) encourages collaboration, creativity and autonomy, the practice often proves the opposite.
A GLWS article goes as far as to say that rather than the positive outcomes companies desire from introducing hot desking, there are some worrying negative effects on employee wellbeing and performance.
Noise and distractions are two of the biggest complaints that come out of open plan offices. The University of Sydney found that 50-60% of people with either a completely open office floor plan or low walled cubicles were dissatisfied with their sound privacy.
The biggest challenge, however, with working in an open plan/hot desking office environment is a sense of ownership and belonging. Especially as we move more into the blurry world of work/life integration, and there is an ever-evolving focus on agility, innovation and growth, it can be as simple as having a dedicated personal space at work that promotes better mental wellbeing.
So while we are always on the lookout for the best way to support both our company’s bottom line, while implementing topical employee benefits (such as hot-desking) it becomes vital to research the practical outcomes before jumping on the bandwagon.
Read more about Hot-Desking and supporting your introverted staff in ‘The Creative Introvert’ article down below.