Hot desking is often found in workplaces with flexible schedules for employees, where not all employees are actually working in an office at the same time or on the same schedules. Employees in such workplaces use existing offices only occasionally or for short periods of time, which leaves offices vacant. By sharing such offices, employees make more efficient use of company space and resources. However, hot desking does come with disadvantages—these include a lack of permanent space, an unclear work hierarchy, and possibly inconvenient communication between members of a team.
There are both advantages and disadvantages to hot desking. From the standpoint of the employee, it might be hard to get used to it, as many different people have different styles of using a desk However, it is seen that hot desking can increase productivity and communication in a business
An alternative version of hot desking would be in a workplace where employees have multiple tasks and multiple employees may require a certain work station, but not for their entire duties. Thus a permanent work station can be made available to any worker as and when needed, with employees sharing the station as needed. This could be for a single element of one’s work.