Hot desking is a concept that has recently been revolutionizing the modern-day workplace. Offering the utmost in flexibility and adaptability, professionals all over the globe have been embracing hot desking, attracted to how this easy way of working is capable of sending productivity soaring.
Wondering what hot desking actually is and how it works? Or, more importantly, how it could benefit your business? Keep reading as Circle Hub introduces you to the wonderful world of hot desking.
What is Hot Desking?
At first glance, a workplace that utilizes hot desking looks pretty similar to a traditional workspace. Desks are dotted around the room with hard-working professionals sitting behind each one.
However, the difference lies in who those desks are used by…
Rather than each desk being assigned to a specific individual, professionals are free to pick and choose which desk they work at. They’ll then use that desk for however long they need to before clearing the space up once they’re done. After that, the desk is then once again free to be used by whoever else happens to need it.
Although initially relegated to coworking spaces, hot desking is now being adopted by larger and more traditional companies too. Employees can choose where they work and, in some cases, how long they work for, giving them a new sense of freedom in the workplace.
How Does Hot Desking Actually Work?
If you’ve never seen hot desking in action before, it may seem a little confusing at first. How does it actually work?
Well, there are a few different ways of implementing hot desking, so the specifics will be determined by the management of each workspace. However, at Circle Hub, our hot desks, which are known as Hot Spots, enable our clients to simply turn up whenever they want. They can then choose an available desk and get to work.
What happens if there isn’t a desk available for you?
While this can be a common occurrence at other coworking spaces, it isn’t an issue at Circle Hub. We have such a wide variety of workspaces available, from traditional desks to comfortable sofas, so you’ll always be able to find somewhere suitable to work.
With that said, if you would like to ensure that your favorite desk is available exactly when you need it, you can always make use of our Designated Desk service. This allows you to book a desk for your required timeframe. Whether it be for a couple of hours the following Tuesday or six hours a day for a week, you can rest assured that your claimed desk will be available and waiting for you when you need it.
The Benefits of Hot Desking
Hot desking offers up some clear benefits, which is why the concept has been so rapidly growing in popularity. Let’s take a look at a few of these advantages:
Flexibility and Environmental Diversity
For most modern professionals, one of the most significant benefits of hot desking at a coworking space is the flexibility that it provides in a number of different ways.
Environmental diversity is an important one. With hot desking, people can choose to work in an area that suits their needs that day. From a cozy and quiet corner to a bright and airy window seat, hot desking saves you from being confined to the same ambiance, as well as the same view, day in and day out.
Not only does hot desking give you the flexibility to work where you want, but it also allows you to work when you want. With no pre-booking required, you can simply turn up whenever you like and stay for however long you need to. You won’t have to worry about over-running a time slot or paying for the extra hours you spend working there – your chosen desk is all yours while you’re there.
Increased Collaboration and Networking
Hot desking creates a buzzing atmosphere in a workspace. There’s always a vibrant energy around, and this is largely down to how different people are intermingling each day. When hot desking, you never know who you’ll end up sitting next to, meaning that networking opportunities are abundant.
This also often leads to collaborations. Research shows that coworking spaces see a high level of knowledge transfer and collaboration, and this is primarily down to hot desking.
A Boost in Productivity, Creativity, and Motivation
If you’re looking for a way to boost your productivity, creativity, and motivation, then hot desking could be exactly what you need. Employees that have swapped over from traditional desk arrangements to hot desking have experienced all of the above, and those that use hot spots at a coworking space would attest to the same.
How is hot desking able to do this? Once again, it all comes down to the freedom that it gives to each individual. This has a huge impact, enabling people to work to their full potential.
On a side note, it’s also worth mentioning how hot desking encourages people to keep their workspace neat and tidy. Research confirms that there is a significant improvement in attention span, productivity, and persistence when working in an organized space. Since you aren’t able to clutter your desk with personal belongings when hot desking, your workspace will always be clean and clear.
Whether you’re a solo entrepreneur or you’re working in a team, leasing an office space can be expensive. Not only do you have to pay for your monthly rent, but you’ll also have to take overheads into account. Electricity, gas, water, WiFi…they all add up! Let’s not forget the little extras either, such as a cleaning service or building/equipment maintenance. These will all quickly chip away at the budget of any business.
If you choose to hot desk at a coworking space instead, you won’t have to worry about any of that. All you’ll need to pay is your monthly membership fee, which, once you add things up, will have you saving a pretty penny. There aren’t any long-term contracts involved either. This means that, if you decide you want to rent an office or simply work somewhere else in the future, you’ll be able to move on with ease.
Why Choose Circle Hub For Your Hot Desking Needs?
With an increasing number of professionals now gravitating toward hot desking, more and more workplaces are offering this option.
We’ve already talked about how, at Circle Hub, we give you even more choice, enabling you to choose between our Hot Spots and our Designated Desks. However, let’s take a look at a few of the other ways in which Circle Hub’s hot desking facilities are superior to so many of the others out there:
Access to Amenities
While some coworking hot desking facilities provide little more than a desk itself, along with a seat, we take things way beyond that at Circle Hub. Choose us for your hot desking needs and you’ll have access to all of the amenities available at our coworking space.
For starters, you’ll be able to make full use of our high-speed WiFi, along with our printing facilities. You’ll also be able to use our kitchen and enjoy the complimentary refreshments that we provide.
Even better, you’ll have access to our more unique amenities too. Struggling to find time to make it to the gym each day? At Circle Hub, you won’t need to since we have an onsite fitness center that all of our members can use. Our gaming room isn’t too far away either, giving you a different way to kick back and de-stress whenever you need a break.
Access to Private Offices and Meeting Rooms
There’s no denying the many benefits provided by hot desking. However, what happens when you need to work on something confidential or hold a private meeting? Sitting at a desk surrounded by others wouldn’t be the best way to go about this.
That’s why, at Circle Hub, we also have private offices and meeting rooms available to rent by the hour. These vary in size, making them ideal for everything from quiet one-to-one discussions to confidential team meetings. With us, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the benefits of hot desking while also having a solution to hand if you ever need to get around the concept’s main flaw.
If you plan on hot desking at a coworking space, it goes without saying that you should pick a coworking space that’s convenient for you to get to. After all, you don’t want to spend hours commuting to and from your desk each day. Coworking should be all about convenience and ease, so pick a location that offers this.
If you’re in or around Northbridge or Ventura, then that’s yet another reason to choose Circle Hub. Both of our locations provide easy access to nearby freeways. They’re also a walkable distance from shops, restaurants, bars, and, in the case of Ventura, beaches. Everything that you could possibly need will be in close proximity.
A Vibrant and Diverse Community
Circle Hub offers so much more than just a place to work. We strive to cultivate a community that gives all of our members a sense of belonging.
How do we do this?
When it comes to day-to-day interactions, we provide plenty of common areas for our members to mingle. From our kitchen and our lounge areas to our gym and our gaming room, it won’t be long before the faces around you become familiar.
To enhance this even further, we also host informal networking events that our members can attend whenever they want. Our free breakfasts are always a hit, as are our yoga sessions. You’ll be able to meet like-minded people from a variety of different industries, greatly expanding both your professional network as well as your social circle.
There’s no getting away from the fact that hot desking offers up a huge array of benefits for modern professionals, making it no surprise that more and more people are opting for this way of working.
If you’re still on the fence about whether or not hot desking is right for you, click here to book a tour of Circle Hub’s hot desking workspaces to experience the concept, environment, and ambiance firsthand.