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Hot desking is having a cold impact on employee wellbeing

With profound changes in the today’s workforce and hot desking increasingly becoming adopted by UK businesses, new research has revealed eight in 10 office workers have reported that office seating, including hot desking can have a negative impact on their mental wellbeing.

The research, carried out by Brickendon Digital,  the technology and product development arm of global consultancy Brickendon, revealed while 52 per cent of employers are open to hot desking, 92 per cent of office workers have reported issues with it highlighting the urgency for businesses to do more in order to look after their employees’ wellbeing.

The research which looked at the impact of hot desking, found the most prominent causes for hot desking malaise were: wasting time setting up a computer (44 per cent), wasting time looking for a desk when starting work (31 per cent) and difficulty to bond with their team (22 per cent).

Identifying the main causes of hot desk caused stress, the research revealed 58 per cent of respondents found the prospect of not knowing where to sit every day as the biggest stressor when it comes to hot desking, while 61 per cent felt the ability to pre-book their seat in advance would ease this worry.

The research also highlighted that hot desking is more common amongst the male office population with 61 per cent of men reporting to hot desk compared to just 49 per cent of women. With 25 per cent of female employees also reporting to having difficulty in establishing bonds with new desk mates.

Christopher Burke, CEO, Brickendon, commented:“There are growing issues in the way businesses are currently managing and looking after their workforce causing an alarming need for companies to rectify this situation and enhance employee wellbeing. Managing this can be a minefield, and in its current state hot desking is very much flawed, and worryingly affecting employees’ mental wellbeing. It’s an important issue requiring urgent attention.”

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