As an increasingly tech-savvy society, the way in which we work is constantly evolving as we continue to utilise the latest services and solutions to enhance engagement with colleagues and clients alike. As part of this, most businesses are transforming their ways of working and introducing changes to the way they manage their workforces.
Remote working is becoming more popular and the best businesses are introducing systems and processes to improve employee engagement. The knock-on benefit is, of course, cost saving; yet, remote working provides many positive environmental and social contributions. The greatest positive impact can been realised in ‘hot spot’ locations like London, Edinburgh and Dublin where office space commands a significant premium. This begs the question: Does every individual employee need a permanent desk, and if not, is hot-desking really the way forward?
Hot-desking has been proven to help colleagues and different departments integrate better with one another, whilst providing a more agile, dynamic and collaborative approach to work – however, it doesn’t come without its challenges.
In a report commissioned by our parent company Extentia Group, “Overcoming the UK’s Productivity Challenge”, almost two thirds of respondents (64%) said that people arrived early to work to get the best seats even if the early morning isn’t when they are naturally more productive. Over half were concerned that this forced people out of their normal work hours and that they were arriving already tired, even before the day had started.
This suggests that some employers are missing out by failing to provide inspiring and supportive environments that would allow their people to work more effectively during their most productive periods of the day.
Whilst many businesses may embrace change and are keen to promote flexibility in a bid to drive further productivity, it is clear that any decision must be carefully considered to avoid creating unnecessary ‘heat’ within the workforce, the estate and the balance sheet. Your phone will be seriously ‘hot’ if you just choose to send a group email on a Friday afternoon announcing the introduction of hot-desking on the following Monday morning!
Our teams at Mobias have extensive experience of collaborating closely with our clients to help them to efficiently implement change and successfully achieve their goals with minimal disturbance; helping create cool, effective working environments.
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