Many workers are now adopting this new approach, but what makes it so attractive?

Hot-desking is becoming more prevalent in the world of work as businesses invite employee flexibility, mobile working and try and cut costly overheads.

The idea behind hot-desking means that employees effectively share desks. They no longer have their own assigned desk, so when arriving into the office, they can choose the where they sit and work. This means they will mix with different departments and people, meeting new people and freshening their approach and attitudes to work.

There are usually fewer desks than people, which means employees are required to work remotely at some point during the week. It's essentially an adult version of musical chairs, but without he often-associated scrambling for a seat.

Areas of an office are no longer limited to a department or team; everyone integrates and this means a lot of hierarchy.

Although in some businesses, it's not always possible for departments to be completely integrated (after all, people still need to know where to go to talk to someone in a specific department - such as finance or HR), within those areas, members of staff share desks.

However, there are some challenges that need to be addressed when implementing a hot desking strategy. For example, from an IT perspective, virtual desktop software needs to be implemented, mobile devices and laptops distributed and some organisation is needed to manage where anyone is at any time.

Some of the benefits of hot-desking environments have already been touched upon above and we'll go through more of these below, detailing what the advantages are for businesses and for employees.




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