Close form

Does Everyone Need a Desk?

27 January 2020
Mark Friend
Payroll, People, Building a Business

Office space is expensive. Do you really need to have a dedicated desk for each and every employee?

Recent years have brought a lot of changes to the office environment, particularly as technology develops and the next generation of employees has come through to management. This new generation of managers brings new thinking about the modern office environment and what it should be.

For example, if a workforce of 100 has, on average, only 80 people in the office on a given day, those 20 empty desks take up space and are not being efficiently utilised. A hefty portion of business overhead is dedicated to office building space and maintenance. By trimming furniture and hardware costs, some of that wasted space can be better used as a meeting or project development space, saving money and benefiting the bottom line.

If your employees hot-desk, they tend to socialise more. Employees who sit beside someone different every day interact more, converse with a greater number of departments, and can find inspiration where it wasn’t possible to before. More interaction with a wider variety of people can lead to greater company cohesion and increased collaboration.

Employees will tend to optimise the space around them for productivity and might select a space that meets their needs for any given day. If they have conference calls on their schedule, they may gravitate towards a small meeting room or less-crowded alcove. If they are collaborating with colleagues on a specific project, they may choose to work in a room with presentation software and large screens, rather than huddling around a single desk.

When your office design allows for employee flexibility, your workers who thrive on mobility and independence are happier and more productive. They will find a way to optimise their office set-up for each and every day.

So, perhaps modern businesses are better off having flexible, open and collaborative offices rather than relying on the more old fashioned approach of assigning each employee a fixed desk. As an added bonus, the business may be able to reduce office overhead costs as office space can be used more efficiently.

The content in this blog is correct as at 27/01/2020 See terms and conditions.

Similar articles

Clothing store
14 April 2021

Restart grant – could your business be eligible?

The government is offering grants to enable businesses to open up safely now that the Covid restrictions are starting to be lifted. Read this blog to see if your business may be eligible.

woman in black and white clothes
13 April 2021

Wealth creation – The importance of a strong defence! (Part 1)

This is the first of a two part series of blogs on the topic of wealth creation. In this first blog I will be looking at how wealth is perceived in society and how you can measure your own wealth.

video camera
8 April 2021

How we film our videos

After years of filming, I have never explained how I make my videos until now. Here at Friend and Grant a lot of the content we produce is one person speaking to a camera, so I thought this would be a good place to start.

Our 3 step risk-free guarantee puts your mind at rest and keeps us on our toes!

FIND OUT MORE
Bryant House - Friend and Grant Chartered Acocuntants and Tax Advisors

Book Your Discovery Meeting

Are you hungry for success? If you run a small to medium size business and you want to grow your sales, increase profitability and pay less tax then you have come to the right place.