Today we will have a guest post from the content manager and University of Florida PhD Student France Jackson. We are continuing the discussion around HFES 2015. During UX Day at the annual meeting, I was honored to be a participant in the UX Leadership Development Workshop. Today, I want to do a guest post and share my experience. Prior to the event, participants were informed that there three theme areas we would be discussing at the workshop and to prepare our thoughts and talking…
The last time we covered this topic, we focused on the opportunities that arise with the dynamic assignment of workspaces. We highlighted that open floor plans were a great advance in the evolution of workplace layout, especially back when there was a lot of basic taskwork that leashed employees to their desks and a small group of other employees they needed to interact with. They were all there, just a shout away. The cost savings were huge in reduced space needed.
The bigger driving factor, however, has been the pervasive idea that open offices encourage collaboration, spark creative conversation, and increase productivity. Since there’s really no such thing as a private conversation in many of these offices, they also serve to symbolize the modern, egalitarian workplace ideal: one big happy family that types together, eats together, and works through personal drama together.
The British firm Ergonomi published a great article on dynamic workplace assignment. They refer to it as “hot-desking” but I suspect this is because they are consultants and want to brand the concept a little, even though the concept is widely implemented (although rarely implemented effectively). Whatever you call it, the idea has a lot of potential and the article has a lot of good ideas. The following combines some of the insights from the article as well as a few additions of my own.
There seems to be a rising trend of hot-desking. An office organization system which involves multiple workers sharing a single physical work station or surface during different time periods as opposed to each staff member having their own personal desk.