WORKSPACES: BENEFITS OF ROTATING OFFICE SEATS
Over the years, as technology advances and newer generations begin to progress, one inclination has remained, hot-desking. It is the practice of sharing offices spaces with other workers and having no designated working space.
SHOULD YOU HOT-DESK OR NOT?
According to statistics, 40% of office workstations have vacant designated workspaces. Either workers on a venture, work on an inconsistent agenda, or become engrossed in constant meetings. Hence, many workplaces have opted for hot-desking, as vacant workstations aren’t really prolific!
According to studies, some workers, particularly people that are accustomed to a technology-driven routine, don’t appreciate being secured to designated workstations. And, workers are likely to be much more productive voyaging between workstations as they prefer. As such, more workplaces are becoming dynamic, using furniture, such as extended presentation tables, providing comforting workspaces to workers. However, everything has its own benefits and drawbacks!
BENEFITS OF HOT-DESKING AT A WORKPLACE:
- YOU SAVE OVERHEAD:
For instance, if your workplace holds almost 100 workers and each of them have their own designated workstations, but only 80 workers are seated, that’s 20 vacant workstations that could be used more prolifically. An immense sum of a company’s overhead goes to the furniture and maintenance. If you were to reduce hardware and furniture costs by using that workspace for something better, you could save a noteworthy sum of money. You can use that space for, say, a meeting room or a project creation area. It’ll still be more active than vacant workstations!
- WORKERS CAN COMMUNICATE MORE OFTEN:
In a combined workplace, workers that are seated beside someone new every day will communicate more often, network with people from other divisions, and even become motivated where they can. Often than not, more socialization can produce a unified network of workers, enabling them to cooperate better.
- WORKERS CAN USE THAT WORKPLACE FOR RECREATION:
Workers are more likely to opt for a workplace that is appropriate to their routine requirements. Is there a meeting that needs to be handled? Perhaps a small conference room would be better suited. Is there a deadline that needs to be met? Perhaps an isolated room with the necessary equipment would suffice. If your workplace is optimized for dynamism, your workers will be more productive.
DRAWBACKS OF HOT-DESKING AT A WORKPLACE:
- SOME WORKERS WILL FEEL AWKWARD:
While a flexible workplace is suitable for some workers, others won’t feel the same way. According to a few studies, hot-desking can actually cost workers their productivity. Whether it is the apprehension or the fear of not finding a workstation when being late, or even politics of sharing workstations with others, some workers are better suited for a designated workstation.
- HYGIENE PERFORMS A SIGNIFICANT PART:
No matter how much people communicate with each other, someone will certainly be disturbed by the stains left on the workstation by another co-worker. And, a joined workstation can become a haven for bacteria and viruses. One day, someone has a common cold and the next day, everyone in the workplace has it. If you’re going to be hot-desking at your workplace, it is imperative to ensure proper sanitation.