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Posted Wednesday 8th May 2019

What do you think about when someone mentions hot desking? Do you shudder at the thought of trying it, or are you someone who would embrace the idea?

Maybe you have already decided to give it a try. Maybe you’re feeling unsure, but you want to know more about it, so you can get the best from this way of office working.

We’ve put together three things you should bear in mind if you want to be sure you can enjoy the benefits of hot desking whenever you try it. Starting on the right foot often means you’ll get more out of it – and it could turn into the best thing you’ve ever done.

Understand exactly how it works

If you’re new to this idea, make sure you know how it works. Don’t just assume. You might get most things right about it but miss just one or two things and you could turn up on day one expecting something very different from the reality. Knowing what to expect means you will be prepared every which way. That must be a good thing.

Know how to get the most out of each day spent hot desking

Consider how you work right now. How might you need to change things if you are going to work at a different desk each day? Are there things you’ve been considering doing that would work well using this method? Find out how other people hot desk if you know anyone and see what works for them. How do they use this method to maximise their productivity?

See if you need to approach your working day differently

It doesn’t always pay to continue working the same way if you are about to make the transition from working at a dedicated desk to using a hot desk. For example, if you’re used to carrying lots of notebooks and other paraphernalia with you, find ways to cut down on those. You won’t be able to leave items on/in your desk overnight, so changing your ways can help you enjoy hot desking more productively.

By embracing the idea and giving it a shot, you’ll be surprised how beneficial hot desking is. In many ways, hot desking is exactly what you will expect it to be – so it pays to be confident and ready to enjoy it and make the most of it.

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