Hot desking shouldn’t be a stranger to you in this 21st century. In the recent years, various companies have been rolling out this scheme called hot desking – where employees do not have a fixed assigned seat but instead, are able to sit wherever they would like. Sounds enticing? Unfortunately, despite all the hype, there seems to be some shortcomings behind this once-regarded ingenuous scheme.

It was originally implemented as a way for companies to save on the limited space they have within the office – by having people shuffle around daily, there’s bound to be seats when people are out meeting clients, having a conference in a meeting room, or when they leave their seats to do something productive.



Having tried out hot desking before, I know it works. It honestly does what it says it does: saves space, allows people to mingle around and make small talk with others whom they probably would not have interacted with if the cubicle layouts were still in place. It was a usual sight to see people packing up their laptops and necessities from the main table to find a little booth situated outside in the hallways, or pop by the cozy corner and sit on the high chairs while attempting to do their work. Honestly, the leeway of choosing where you want to sit – and who you want to sit with – makes working such a joy, because you are able to sit with close mates if all of you manage to book a booth, and yet be able to dart into a meeting room with your department whenever you’re needed. It reminds me of University days when we would have grouped study sessions.

But with that being said, one of the perks of hot desking – being able to interact with people from other departments – is not compromised either. Because of how often you are shifting around and how limited the spaces are, you’ll sometimes be forced to share a large table with people from other departments. It is not a bad thing but instead, it serves as a window of opportunity for you to network and get to know more people in the office! You will be able to get to know what other people are doing in the office, what their roles are, and what they do on a daily basis. It helps you to understand how the office works, and appreciate your job more.

Despite all of the above, why are some people downplaying hot desking?



Well, hot desking means that you’ll have to come early if you are eyeing that particular seat that’s really popular. And if it gets taken, you simply have to find a random spot in the office that may or may not have a socket nearby. When your laptop unceremoniously dies on you after all the work you’ve done, you’ll resort to finding a coveted spot with a socket within reach. Chances are, they’re the first seats to get snatched up in the morning - so you find a random socket that’s somewhere in the office, without a table in its vicinity.

But beggars can’t be choosers.

Moreover, people usually get slightly territorial when it comes to seats. If a particular colleague of yours have been sitting at this spot for ages before you’ve even stepped into the office, the odds of you snagging that seat is pretty low. Hot desking is not exactly hot desking.



Ultimately, it boils down to the company’s culture, and how much your colleagues regard the hot desking policy. If most of them are highly supportive of the initiative, hot desking will be something that you find yourself sharing about at catch up sessions. Hot desking is a double edged sword – just use it to your advantage.

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