Hot Desking – can it work for you?
Skyrocketing real estate costs and flexible working are putting an end to entrenched ideas like personal office space. In any company, there are employees working remote, staff assigned to clients or on the road; there is hardly a time when office occupancy is at 100%.
Skyrocketing real estate costs and flexible working are putting an end to entrenched ideas like personal office space. In any company, there are employees working remote, staff assigned to clients or on the road; there is hardly a time when office occupancy is at 100%. Cost conscious companies who don’t want to invest in wasted desk space can benefit from trends like ‘hot desking’. According to this concept, employees are not allotted a fixed workspace and occupy whichever desk is free when they come in.
Many experts believe that not only are establishment costs brought down by as much as 30%, but flexible seating encourages collaboration and exchange of ideas. It also avoids the forming of cliques and gets employees to meet people from other teams or departments. Problems commonly associated with hot desking include inconvenience for employees who need to ‘move out’ at the end of each day, lack of permanent storage and feeling of isolation from the team.
This is where companies have to move beyond reducing the number of fixed seats to supporting hot desking with appropriate office layouts and communication tools that empower employees to work and collaborate from anywhere in the office.
Many companies have options of spaces including sitting desks, standing desks, meeting rooms and work booths, which employees can choose according to the task involved.
Enterprise connectivity tools like wireless EPABX are ideally suited for such flexible working spaces. Combining all the features of a classic office switchboard with the speed of wireless connectivity, wireless EPABX enables disruptive concepts like hot desking. It also eliminates the need for telephone extensions (a big argument for permanent seating) as it can automatically route calls if needed to employees on or off site.
Easy to install and maintain, low on costs and loaded with features, wireless EPABX from brands like Tata Tele Business Services, offers the complete connectivity that futuristic offices need.
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