Assigned desks determine how a company values its employees

Assigned desks determine how a company value its employees
  • Home
  • Articles
  • Assigned desks determine how a company values its employees

The post-pandemic world is all about blurred boundary lines–from geographical borders to workspace demarcation. Hot-desking, a practice of not assigning employees to designated desks in the office, is a representation of the idea of boundlessness. But employees do not seem to adhere to it.  

Unsurprisingly, employees dislike the tedium of racing their colleagues to find a desk or even the idea of “sharing” a desk with people who come in at a different schedule. 

A LinkedIn poll revealed that 75 per cent of employees do not enjoy working on shared desks. An even larger share of British office workers expressed the same view last year in a university study that also suggested the idea that people grow to like hot-desking over time is rubbish. 

Yet demand for “flexible working spaces” is an all-time high. A report this month from the JLL property group says 37 per cent of organizations globally have post-pandemic plans to increase their use of co-working or flexible space.

Before Covid, office property in big cities was so expensive that underused space cost companies an estimated £4bn a year in London alone. Now, those same businesses are introducing hybrid working so people can work some days at home and some in the office, which is precisely what most employees say they want.

But if much of the workforce is only coming into the office two or three days a week, it makes for a lot of underused space. Enter the hot desk, with predictable results.

Pilita Clark of the Financial Times shares that her return to office post-lockdown was not very ideal. She says if instead of competing for a desk with a couple dozen people from the office, she would rather stay home to work. 

She says “a desk of one’s own is not merely more convenient and ergonomically sound. It is a sign that you are valued by, and belong to, an organization.” 

Once it goes, so does a measure of loyalty to the business.

Read more here.

Start your
journey today

  • Independent
  • Secure
  • Transparent

Access fantastic talent at world-leading prices

Scale your business fast while reducing costs —
the average all-in employment costs in the
Philippines are typically 70% less than its
Western counterparts

Philippines United Kingdom Australia United States
Software Developer
HR Manager
Team Leader
Copy Writer
Customer Service
Virtual Assistance
Select a role to view salaries
Philippines $7,221
United Kingdom $39,913
Australia $62,653
United States $81,994

Avoid guesswork. Talk to the experts, free.

Get 3 free quotes

You can save 70% on staff costs, whilst driving quality & growth. Connect with an outsourcing expert to see how outsourcing can transform your business.

Why choose us?
  • Independent and unrivalled expertise
  • We carefully match you from 2,300+ leading suppliers
  • Access to Outsourcing Savings Calculator & Report

Get Started

How many staff to outsource?

About OA

Outsource Accelerator is the trusted source of independent information, advisory and expert implementation of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).

The #1 outsourcing authority

Outsource Accelerator offers the world’s leading aggregator marketplace for outsourcing. It specifically provides the conduit between world-leading outsourcing suppliers and the businesses – clients – across the globe.

The Outsource Accelerator website has over 5,000 articles, 450+ podcast episodes, and a comprehensive directory with 3,900+ BPO companies… all designed to make it easier for clients to learn about – and engage with – outsourcing.

About Derek Gallimore

Derek Gallimore has been in business for 20 years, outsourcing for over eight years, and has been living in Manila (the heart of global outsourcing) since 2014. Derek is the founder and CEO of Outsource Accelerator, and is regarded as a leading expert on all things outsourcing.