Is hot desking all good?

I’m lucky enough to work in the same office as Ian Fletcher, the fictional BBC Head of Values played by Hugh Bonneville in hit satire W1A.

It’s an office that operates a policy. So every morning, like many of the hapless employees in W1A – and around a third of all office workers in the UK – I have to find an empty desk and set it up with the things I need. Then at the end of the day, I clear it all away again.

Hot desking can cut the costs of running an office by up to 30%, so it’s popular with employers. But some surveys say more than a quarter of companies that have introduced hot desking report a drop in staff morale. So perhaps it’s time to take a close look at the evidence for whether hot desking really boosts productivity – or whether it just makes people ill.



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