- Activity-based working
This approach integrates hot-desking, but goes much further. Activity-based working follows the concept that each individual has various tasks over the course of the day. Therefore, there are different rooms for these purposes: for team-based project work, small talk, concentrated individual work, telephone calls, eating and drinking, taking a break. Microsoft applies this concept in its offices in Amsterdam, Munich, Vienna and Milan.
- Collision zones
The focus of the office design in this case is on zones and areas for employees to meet. There should always be time for coincidental, spontaneous interaction between colleagues. These zones are considered indicative of the innovative power of a company. The Google Campus in Mountain View, California, uses the principle. It is designed to generate the highest possible chance of incidental interaction between employees.
- Creative spaces
This is about an infrastructure that supports teams in the development of new products, services or projects. The employees themselves decide what is needed. In any case, it is important that employees have an early say regarding how they want to work in future. Some want a big table, others sofas and armchairs. At the LinkedIn headquarters in Silicon Valley, the employees asked for a music room. It has all the instruments and technology you need for a good jamming session.
This is the radical version of hot-desking. In this case, all members of staff, from the interns to the boss, really do sit at one big table in the same room. The desks can be mobile so that they can be reorganised depending on team size or requirements. The Barbarian Group agency in New York is a flagship example of superdesking: it has set up one huge, long table along the entire factory floor. It looks like a snake and provides space for 170 employees.
- Quiet spaces
To be able to concentrate on their work, employees also need peaceful areas. These could be small separated rooms where they can work or make calls without background noise. Booking software organises the use of the quiet spaces. Booking ensures the peaceful area is actually free when an employee needs it.
- Flexible working hours and mobile work (remote work, flexitime)
The hot-desking concept takes off when employees have a choice: would you prefer to work with other colleagues in the cool office today, or to just stay home? If you want to successfully introduce hot-desking, it’s best to also introduce mobile work and flexitime. That gives everybody the opportunity to design their own working day.