What Is a Hot Desk? Why Is It Making A Cut In Post-Covid Co-Working??

Soundhariya Viswanathan / Reading Time: 9 mins


Hot desks in the coworking spaces are gaining popularity due to the flexibility and convenience it offers. On-demand choices are driving success for the coworking sector.

It is 2021, and still no signs of the worries wearing off from the COVID-19. New strains are sprouting and making it rougher 100% normal life. But as they say, 'the show must go on'. Remote working has enabled businesses to think beyond office realty.

Just as shared office spaces and meeting rooms, hot desks are now a first choice for professionals in distributed teams or entrepreneurs and freelancers.

With on-demand offering such as GoFloaters and Work-from Anywhere tool for teams, it is making it easier for people to choose pay-as-use plug and play seats on a day basis.


What you gonna read!

Current Scenario

People love Hybrid Working

Is work from home suitable for everyone?

Traditional models of working

Hot Desking

Benefits of Hot Desking

Final Note

Does GoFloaters help?


Current Scenario

As businesses around the world are adapting to new ways of working. Employees do want to continue remote working even after the coronavirus crisis ends but in the hybrid model. With the largest of vaccination drives being organized, it is time to accept that hybrid working is here to stay.

For the companies that have seen huge economic losses, this strategy not only places employee wellbeing at the forefront but also ensures lesser crowding in workplaces and makes sense commercially.

On the other side, people are loving Hybrid Working!

Flexibility in choosing your work timings, no need to be stuck in traffic for hours to reach the office, complete autonomy on when and how to do the work - too good to give up, isn't it? You can balance your household chores, spend time with your family, and even be 100% productive at your work, all in your pajamas or being a walk away from your home.

With businesses trying to return to office campuses by making it as comfortable as possible, (sounds like the nth time) the pandemic doesn't seem to be quitting our lives anytime soon. From being flexible to learning the ways around the Hybrid model of working, companies are blending offices, coworking and work from home. Serving the remote teams across our centers, we realise that teams are yearning to collaborate in person and missing the in-person excitement even if tech is doing the best. So, through platforms like GoFloaters managers and teams are picking up on-demand neighbourhood spaces and getting together a couple of times a week and working.

Is work from home suitable for everyone?

  • Homes come with a host of distractions and interruptions. Not all of us have a dedicated work desk or a spare bedroom thath can be converted to a workstation.
  • Having your office and home life so close could eventually cause havoc. Work-life balance? Poof!

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  • Indian households are not equipped with the facilities required for working from home. Poor internet and network issues, lack of facilities like printers & scanners, or even the lack of community presence doesn't ensure a smooth ride.
  • There are interesting studies, which show increasing muscles and lower back pain issues with prolonged WFH. On a personal note, one of my friends working from home has had a slipped disc as he was sitting and working in a non-ergonomic chair. And I know many CXOs of well funded companies, who have been ignorant about these WFH issues and still continue to sit and work out of plastic chairs! Sigh!

Is work from home suitable for everyone?

Getting back to old office campuses, is it a possibility?

  • The safety and well-being of every employee is the primary concern of every employer.
  • Although manufacturing, factories, warehouses, marketplaces have opened their doors, employees are counting on their employees to being safe in their campuses
  • Currently, only the critical employees like the operations and industrials are being called back. Office Workers who deal with desk jobs continue to work from anywhere, which in itself is a huge population.
  • The pandemic triggered reverse migration across the sector and class of workers. White-collared workforce was no different. Across urban cities singletons and families reversely migrated to their hometowns. Over the months they have enjoyed the pleasures of rural and eco-living and now convincing them to get back to cities is a challenge. Unless blackmailed by the companies.
  • Moreover, companies such asZOHO and Kovai.co have empowered them with the idea that work can be dabbled from towns and cities. And hey, what are we for ! With coworking spaces in Madurai or meeting spaces in Trichy or shared office in Coimbatore we are helping to realise the startups' remote work dreams. We call is the Padmashri Sridhar Vembu effects

What is the alternative?

Working from home for longer periods of time has led to a lack of interest and a feeling of detachment or isolation. Human beings are social animals. And we want to be around people, have a cup of coffee, share ideas, laugh at jokes, and feel like we are a part of a larger community.

Millions of Indians have cooped up inside their homes since last year. Also, several businesses are resorting to experimenting with newer working modes where both traditional and remote working can co-exist together.

In such times, where would you go to find a workspace for yourself, just for a while, which is affordable, flexible, and also safe?

Hot Desking

Hot Desking has been the go-to option. It has been the best solution for wanting an office space and not wanting a long-term investment.

So, what is hot-desking?

Hot desking is a 21st-century concept where two or more people effectively share flexible desks which are not on a reserve basis but on a first-pick basis. It is the practice of multiple people using the same workstation throughout the day.

So essentially, you can book instantly, walk into your choice of coworking space and pick any empty desk available and start working from there right away.

儭 儭 How is it useful in COVID times?

Cost saving

Hot desks have proved to be supremely affordable. If you just want a desk with all the office services for just a few hours of the day, it is the perfect option! Our daily users are the hot desk taker, saving expenses and enjoying the work culture atmosphere. For a solo worker or a startup this is budget friendly.

Different environment

When you sit down for work on a new desk every day, you get to self-explore and appreciate an opportunity to meet a plethora of people. Of course with all social distancing protocols! You will find individuals working from different sectors and industries and such conversation and networking do build great collaborations.

Decluttering

Traditional workplaces offer individual desks that provide a sense of privacy and comfort.

But think.

When was the last time you cleaned your desk properly? Private office desks are ALWAYS cluttered and overflowing with things you absolutely DO NOT NEED.

After COVID, people are anxious and more cautious about what they touch and whom they interact with. In the cleanliness context, hot-desking has something to offer. Hot desks have a clean desk policy, meaning one has to remove all personal items from their workstations if they plan to be out of the office for more than [X hours.]. This keeps your anxiety at bay and is a visible and well-communicated sign that they are clean.

Many coworking spaces today have personal lockers to avoid daily hustles.

Long-Term Remote Working

Operating fully online for the last 13+ months has shown businesses that we can work remotely, and still be at their functional best. Also, the fact that we want to be ready in case something similar were to happen again, higher proportions of the workforce are asked to work remotely even after the restrictions are lifted.

Final Note

In this blog, What Is a Hot Desk? Why Is It Making A Cut in Post-Covid Co-Working?? We have been able to discuss the trending concept in coworking and why it is tending.

But it is upto the individuals to decide if this one-size-fits-all suits them.

In the post pandemic world, coworking spaces have steered a movement of sorts. The choices of solutions hot desks, dedicated desks, private cabins, meeting spaces, shared office solutions depends on the individuals, companies and teams' preferences and needs of the moment.

In the last couple of years wading through the challenges of pandemic, we have noticed Hot Desk being a preferred choice amongst our solo customers or smaller teams who want to work from anywhere.

From the word, GO these clienteles are looking for

1.Affordability

2.Flexibility

3.Location Independence

4.Temporary spaces

5.Productivity

6.Creativity

7.Vibrancy

8.Collaborations

If you are looking at options for hot desks, you must check out blogs on Hot Desk

Does GoFloaters help with?

GoFloaters is an on-demand workspace platform. We started our journey by offering work cafes by hour (25/- per hour with no long-term commitment or food ordering), which helped thousands of individuals enjoy flexibility of remote working to the maximum. Even today, we are often enquired for work cafes. However, because of the COVID-19 limitations and physical distancing protocols, especially in the cafes and restaurants, we have temporarily stalled the offering.

Alternatively, with Hot Desking, we have been able to do justice to the customers who are looking for independent seats.

So, what have we been doing?

Maintaining healthy workstations:

We are making sure each of our spaces are Verified Safe

We care about the safety and well-being of our customers and maintaining the standards in Hot Desks could be a challenge. Yet, we have taken the onus to ensure your safety and are working out with each our partner in developing the Safety Badge Program. This is a voluntary pledge that our spaces take to ensure that their space meets our requirements for health and safety standards.

On-demand:

Since the time we launched our operations in Chennai in 2017, GoFloaters on-demand has empowered users to instantly choose, book our on-demand selections work cafes, hot desks, meeting rooms. We have been pioneering the on-demand workspace initiatives in India and this business has now replaced any traditional models of the coworking segment.

Check out our GoFloaters App or Browse through the web, to explore and book your next on-demand workspaces in your neighbourhood and walk2work.

Spread across 18+ cities, 2000+ curated workspaces and trusted by thousands of customers, your one-stop solution for remote work location is here.



Category: Coworking