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I'm not a fan. I've been to companies where they hot desk, and the major complaints I heard were that you needed a "drag about" filing cabinet to hold paper and other hardware related to your project; and that not all keyboard and mice are really "the same". Some "feel" different which is annoying, and then there is the "what did the last guy do to this keyboard?" feeling.
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Yes, that's a very important point. Speaking as someone who has suffered from chair related issues in the past, I'm somewhat dreading the introduction of hot-desking at our place.
Hopefully, it will be a case of people just finding a spot and sticking to it but there are bound to be a few people who want to do the grand tour.
I'm also worried about how it will work out with noisy types. I can see it now, walking in of a morning, successfully finding my favoured desk and chair, getting half way through a tricky query only to find Foghorn Leghorn taking his perch next to me. Shuffle off to find a quiet (if back-wrecking) corner somewhere else and "Oh look! It's happened again!"
Like all corporate fads, no good will come from it.
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If you work away from the office most of the time (at a client or from home), then having unassigned desks would be ok, it would mean the company would need less desks because not all of them are in the office at the same time.
If most of the people work at the office everyday, then that would be a bummer.
I've seen that more in consulting/accounting/financing companies where most of the employees work from home/client
Like open plan offices hot desk is a dismal failure for developers, we need our own space, our privacy so we can concentrate and quiet so we can listen to our own music rather than the chatter of an open plan office.
It IS a good way for a company to save money and it does work for people who are not in the office the majority of their time.
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It IS a stupid idea, but don't rely on it 'settling down' - ours hasn't.
I'm not working in a Dev environment (it's a pensions admin. office....) but I can assure you that so-called hot-desking is about as popular as a fart in a space suit.
Of course, it was imposed from on high by the lords of creation who, in their infinite wisdom, decided that what was good for offices in which staff periodically spent time out in the community was also good for people who never left their desks. Go figure.
So now, if you need to discuss work with someone you first have to scan/navigate the entire office looking for them... brilliant and so efficient!
We now have the ridiculous situation where people are moved from 'their' desk to make space for another worker who has just come in - so, of course, then a manager has to find somewhere to 'park' the moved member of staff...Monty Python meets 'The Office'.
I am currently sitting in another office where I do not have a designated seat and it is horrible. Every day it is a task to find an empty desk. My bag looks like I am going trekking because of water bottle and tea mug. Instead of this, I would prefer going to my regular office desk where I can leave water bottle, tea mug, laptop charger, phone charger and a pair of earphones.
I have a tower, 3 screens and a small laptop, screen risers and various other items as well as a filing draw full of stuff. Not sure how I'd carry all that home and back every day and what happens if I'm late and there are no desks available?
Hot desking is fine for workers that are not glued to a screen all day otherwise it's a stupid idea.
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It's possible, here, where I work since everyone works via a VM. Except, Senior management and much of IT have their own box. So it plays out like this:
I get moved, now and then, with cartloads of my essential belongings. Several desktop system, and they need to set me up with two or three network connections (default is one). And then assign me a new static IP. Most of IT is spared this really annoying event. (Just when I get really comforable . . .)
Regular employees have fixed locations, which are reassigned almost like musical chairs. For the most part, however, they remain in their assigned seats or, for now-and-then-er's, in the same area so that they may confer.
I guess, it depends on the job. For a pure data clerk, I don't see the problem and viewing the world (the office) from a different perspective every day may be an interesting experience. For a pure software developer, that makes sense as well. The drawer isn't really needed for anything but a couple of pens and some paper, that's easily portable. But for a developer like me, who has roughly 2 kilogramms of hardware on his desk, wired to the computer via several USB connections, moving places is a huge deal.
Just like every principle, it may be beneficial, it may be the most horrible idea ever. It depends on the circumstances.
Draws draws!!!??? We don't get those at our hot desks. We call it a 'agile' workplace. I guess thats qicker than saying 'we are too cheap to provide a permanent desk for everyone so its first in best dressed'.
At my desk, I have 5 computers, a KVM switch, a tissue box, lotion, two file cabinets full of notes, disks, dress shoes, shirt, tie, backpacks, mug, water bottles, spare mice and keyboards, a rack of books and binders, and my aluminum foil hat. Most can be moved around from one hot desk to another with a half days work, but the aluminum foil hat might get crushed.