Hot desking environments are becoming increasingly common. If you’re working for a company with a hot desk approach, take note: it’s not a good idea to routinely use the same desk even if you’re mostly in the office.
The Commonwealth Bank adopted a hot desk approach when it moved a large group of staff into its Commonwealth Bank Place building in Sydney. As Business Insider reports, one lesson was that you couldn’t let people ‘claim’ desks, as that often caused friction:
One of the benefits of activity-based workplaces is that an organisation needs about 20% fewer desks than in a fixed-desk environment to account for people on leave or working offsite. That doesn’t work if some people informally claim a certain desk by sitting in the same seat day after day. [Workplace advisor Tony] Armstrong said the bank was wary of establishing a “police culture” that stopped people from sitting in the same desk, so encouraged people to prompt their friends to move desks — even if it was just to one in the same area.
Hit the full post for more lessons on making an office move, including how technology all too often fails.