Hot Desking

by Kim Stangle 

When I saw this Bloomberg story yesterday about hot desking I had an immediate hunch what they were referring to even though the term seemed to appear out of thin air.

In rowing, we have a term called ‘hot seating’ which is when two crews share the same boat during a regatta.  It’s almost always chaotic, because it typically happens at the dock or finish line without ever taking the boat from the water.

No question that the two terms share a similar concept:  too many people and too few resources.

In hot desking, companies might have 50 desks for 100 employees, knowing that varying schedules would mean everyone would be able to find a workspace during their scheduled office time.

From an efficiency and cost-savings perspective, I get this.  But, then why have office space to begin with?  Co-working spaces have been operating under a similar shared-resource philosophy for years.

Hot desking is being touted as the “new way to work,” but, personally, if I’m going to be sitting at a desk for eight hours a day, I’d at least like to look around and see pictures of my husband and pup.

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