Heating up - The Rise of Communal Working and Hot-Desking

Shared office space has been around for close to two decades, and since its inception, more and more businesses are seeing this trend’s cost-effectiveness. Whether sharing a floor with other businesses or co-working, the traditional business landscape has been transformed by new technologies that allow leasing outfits to merge offices. Co-working, the most popular type of communal working format, allows professionals to share office space with others by leasing the use of a hot or private desk.


These spaces are popular for a variety of reasons, namely being cost-effective. However, co-working and the hot-desking activities that are promoted through these spaces presents businesses with a variety of opportunities to boost business growth. In fact, these reasons and others, are behind why this industry has seen such success.
Heating up - The Rise of Communal Working and Hot-Desking



Let’s take a closer look at co-working spaces and hot-desking and find out why they’re on the rise.


A Brief History



This co-working industry started in 2006 when the first co-working office opened in San Francisco. This concept was from an earlier one, where European hackerspaces of the mid-1990s were formed by programmers who exchanged information across the industry. Today, the concept is now a trend in a burgeoning industry that promotes collaboration over the competition to encourage innovation and productivity.


Friendly, Flexible Terms



One of the reasons why this industry has grown is because its flexible leasing allows professionals to slip in and out of contracts easily. Most contracts for co-working spaces only require renters to commit to much shorter leases, the minimum being a month. This allows businesses flexibility in that if they do decide not remain with the same leasing company they do not have to wait an extended time to break the lease.  Furthermore, if they want to move to another location, they can simply leave without worrying about moving office furniture and other materials to another location.


Promote Community



Hot-desking, a part of the co-working community, involves professionals sharing desk space with other professionals. These hot-desks usually have a computer, and if there is no computer, there is usually wireless technology to access. The primary benefit of the hot-desk is that by virtue of its set up it presents professionals with the opportunity to interact and network with professionals from a variety of industries.


Another benefit of the hot-desk is that because so many different industries share the same workspace, professionals will find that they work amongst a wealth of information, which forms the basis of a lot of networking and collaboration. As professionals’ converse at both formal and informal networking events, the seeds of collaboration are planted. In fact, because co-working space providers spend a lot of time on nurturing businesses, space itself and the hot-desking activities that go along with it promote collaboration and business growth.


Lifestyle Focused



Professionals are being wooed to this office format because it’s a change from the typical business day format that mandates professionals work from as early as seven in the morning to as late as six. Internationally, some co-working spaces are considering staying open 24/7 in response to a demand from professionals who want to work outside of business hours. Ultimately, the work hours are more flexible making it easier for professionals to work more productively during times more convenient for them and in an environment conducive to positive social interaction and productivity.


The Rise Of Community, Collaboration, And Collective Industry



The co-working space and hot-desking are popular working styles, and not just with young, professionals. It appears this office leasing style has found a market among professionals who like the benefit of working with various industries but with added support from a community of experts. These two concepts have been at the helm of contributing innovation and ingenuity in the business community.


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