3rd August 2016
Hot Desk Communities Replacing Open Plan Offices Reducing Gossip and Boosting Work Productivity
There’s a new trend in workspaces that’s replacing open plan offices that have proven too distracting for employees and a breeding ground for sickness.
“Hot desk communities are popping up as flexibility increases in the work place and staff aren’t always expected in the office,” said Business Consultant Shannon Daniels.
“They tend to be smaller offices with several meeting rooms and staff use any desk available rather than having one assigned to them,” said Mr Daniels.
“They originated in office hubs that were established for smaller businesses that needed an office space infrequently for meetings and use of equipment like photocopiers and printers,” he said.
“Now these hot desk communities are being set up in traditional offices that tried the open plan style only to find it didn’t work and caused tension in the office.”
“Staff in open plan often resorted to wearing headphones to block out the noise which only isolated them because they appeared unapproachable while others headed to a nearby café with their laptop to try to get their work done.”
“Also open plan was renowned for Chinese whispers with one half of the room gossiping and ten minutes later the other side caught up with the news reducing productivity and often morale.”
“Also if someone came into the office sick everyone would be affected in an open plan with viruses spreading like wildfire.”
“It makes sense to get rid of the open plan and replace it with hot desk communities because it’s good for productivity and reduces overhead costs.”
“Hot desk offices create a community environment boosting productivity with a vibe in the office as faces change daily creating new conversations and ideas.”
“We’re going to see a lot more hot desk communities with big businesses like St George Bank and Australia Post establishing hot desk community spaces with plans to expand throughout the country and Regus Offices has 3,000 of them worldwide.”
“In the past three years the number of hot desk communities has doubled in Australia.”
“Hot desk communities are suited to businesses who have a sales team out on the road a lot, or staff who can work from home.”
Mr Daniels said the advantages of setting up a hot desk community in the office are :
1. Productivity : As the person sitting next to you is changing regularly the conversation is less about gossip and more about work.
2. Reduced Costs : As staff come and go in the office there’s not a need for big work spaces so companies will save on square footage.
3. Connected : A sense of family is often established as people are more excited to see familiar faces as they’re not seeing them every day.
4. Flexibility: Helps provide a good work and life balance for employees making them happier and more productive. Often crèches are provided on site to help new mums stay in the workforce.
“Hot desk communities will have a huge impact on Gen Y and Millenials remaining with the same employer for more than 18 months because the vibe and flexibility is what they’re after and they’re going to get it there.”
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About Shannon Daniels
Shannon went from living in his car to cleaning 16 hours a day and then on to
building Perth's most successful strata cleaning company which he later sold for
a generous profit. A decade on he has started, built and sold several multi million
dollar businesses and is now a business strategy consultant helping others to
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