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What is a Hot Desking System and Why is it Beneficial?

17 August, 2020

Research shows that as much as half of corporate office spaces don’t get used at any point in time. That is a lot of wasted space that you must pay for whether it’s used or not.

With technology becoming more and more portable and many employees moving to remote working arrangements, that number is only going to go up.

A hot desking system lets you make more efficient use of your office space and save money in the process. Let’s look at how hot desking works and why you should consider it.

What is hot desking?

In a hot desking system, employees are not assigned their own desk. Instead, desks in the office are available for anyone to use and workers can choose their desk on any given day. The term “hot desking” comes from the term hot racking in which sailors working different shifts share the same bunk. Instead of sharing a bunk, office workers share a desk.

Benefits of a hot desking system

There are several big benefits to a hot desk system, both to the employer and to the employee.

Lower cost

From the company’s perspective, hot desking can reduce overhead by letting you rent less space. Instead of paying for desk space where various desks are empty on a given day, hot desking lets you shrink your footprint to the number of desks actually getting used.

Better collaboration

Hot desking lets people move to a desk closer to people they are working with on a given project. When that project is complete and a new one starts with a different team, they can move around again to be close to those people.

Tidier workstations

When employees have their own desk, many will create a mess of papers, personal items, and other stuff that accumulates over time. With a hot desking system, they are not in the same place for long so things don’t pile up.

Social distancing

The current COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on how close people are together in most offices. Social distancing guidelines don’t work if people are sitting a couple of feet apart.

Hot desking lets people spread out and adjust where they sit from one day to the next, depending on the number of people in the office.

Ideal situations for a hot desk system

A hot desking system works best when you can count on certain staff not being in the office on any given day. There could be several reasons for that:

  • Lots of employees travel for business
  • Employees work remotely
  • Some staff have outbound sales or support roles
  • Co-working environments

If you can plan on a percentage of your employees being out of the office every day, hot desking is a great way to reduce your office footprint.

Implementing a hot desk management system

One of the biggest challenges of a hot desking system is managing the desk bookings. This is particularly true in larger offices where staff might need to go searching for a free desk.

Meetio can help make this process seamless. Meetio Desk is a cloud-based desk booking solution that lets employees book a desk through their smartphone or in person.

They can schedule a booking ahead of time or check into a desk on the spot, depending on their needs. Get in touch with us today to get a demo of Meetio's hot desking product.

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