5 Ways To Make Hot Desking Work For You
Hot desking, the phenomenon once only found in coworking spaces, is currently finding favour among corporate companies looking for ways to cut costs without cutting performance. Benefits of adopting a ‘no assigned seating for anyone’ approach include increased inter-team collaboration and a sense of belonging among employees. However, not everybody is a fan – especially if you find yourself sitting next to Jim from accounts and his lunchbox of sardine sandwiches.
So, how can you make hot desking work for you on a day-to-day basis? If you’re a fan of routine, like to personalise your workspace or are a stickler for hygiene – which, by the way, in the current climate, should be all of us – here are five rules to make hot desking work for you.
1. Be considerate
Don’t have loud meetings next to a colleague who’s clearly concentrating on a project, don’t shoot the breeze beside a group trying to brainstorm and don’t take personal calls on the office floor. Although, that one doesn’t just apply to hot desking scenarios.
2. Ditch the desktop
The pandemic changed where we work, but did it change how we work? Hot desking only works if you embrace cloud computing and save personal and team files to a centralised drive easily accessible by everyone who needs them.
3. Leverage the advantage
The beauty of hot desking is that it gets workers out of their cliques and openly collaborating with people from other teams they might not have interacted with in the past. Use the office musical chairs to your advantage by networking with your desk buddy.
Use work breaks to chat over the water cooler or grab a coffee with them to get to know what makes them tick and understand the work challenges they’re currently facing. What can you learn from them? Forging stronger personal connections can help greatly when you need help to get a project over the line. If you want to impress the boss, then pick a desk next to theirs, learn everything you can, and then show them what you’re made of.
4. Leave no trace
It’s not sexy, but lack of hygiene and messy desks is one of the main reasons employees can’t get behind hot desks. When hot desking, think like a Boy Scout and leave no trace – clean the desk surface and monitors, spray your chair and don’t leave any personal items lying around.
Like all relationships in your life, clear and concise communication can save a lot of heartache. If you have an issue with how your company is embracing hot desking or have a suggestion on how it can be improved, for example by the adoption of Activity Based Workspace (dedicated hubs, to you and me). Bringing them to your boss early in the process will not only improve your work day but also your relationship and signal you’re a team player looking out for the company’s best interests.
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