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WORK LIFE - JARGON BUSTER

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What is . . . hot desking? ...
What is . . . hot desking?

For many councils with a continuously growing pool of regular consultants and temporary office staff, and an ever-diminishing amount of space, hot desking is becoming the norm.

The practice of hot desking, which is essentially defined by more than

one member of staff using the same desk, has also been aided by the development of the internet, wireless technology and more and more powerful laptops.

It has reached a point where many companies now solely specialise in offering commercial office space with hot desk facilities - with various different organisations hiring desks and using them in shifts.

Each hot desker keeps all items needed for their work in a case, which they collect from a secure store at the start of their shift and return in to its own compartment at the end.

In the US the practice is often called hotelling. The building is treated

as though it were a hotel without beds, in which all space and facilities for staff are provided against bookings, as though they were hotel guests. One consultancy firm in America is reported to have engaged a hotel concierge to ensure the office's services run as smoothly as possible.

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