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.



Curated from www.bbc.co.uk


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