Convenience and productivity are buzzwords in today’s business world. Employees want one, and employers demand the other. While each might seem at odds with the other, neither needs to be sacrificed and both can exist simultaneously. Indeed, the world’s recent pandemic has done nothing if not taught us that people can work wherever and whenever they want and still yield valuable, profitable and efficient results. Take a look at how one trending commercial design feature — hoteling office space — can improve your company’s culture, as well as its bottom line:
What is Hoteling Office Space?
Hoteling office space refers to the current trend in office management that allows employees to schedule the use of certain resources and/or an actual desk, cubicle or conference room at the company office. It’s a novel concept designed by organizations to maximize employees’ time and productivity while still allowing them the convenience and flexibility of working in the office only when they need or want to be on-site.
Why Hoteling Office Space is Becoming So Popular
Since the start of the pandemic, more employees are splitting their time between home and office. With fewer employees working in-house full-time (current estimates put the typical office just over 40% occupied at any given time), companies simply don’t want — or need — to designate a desk or office to a person who probably won’t be there to use it half of the time. To address this marked decline in office utilization, companies have created a way for employees to “reserve” office space so that they can work from home but still have the opportunity to set up shop and spread out their things when necessity dictates they work in the office or directly among their colleagues.
Unlike hot-desking, hoteling office space allows workers to reserve a specific space within the office to use on a certain day and for a set amount of time. It’s the same principle used by travelers when they reserve and are, therefore, guaranteed a hotel room to use while on a trip. Hoteling office space is so popular because:
- It’s Convenient — Employees can work remotely, but they still have the option to come to a designated workspace and have equipment waiting for them to use when needed. This is especially beneficial for employees who work for companies with offices in multiple cities or locations since it permits them to travel easily around the world with little disruption to their routines or available support.
- It Increases Productivity — Hoteling office space encourages collaboration, which increases productivity. Rather than having rooms (or station/cubicles) and resources that are always restricted to certain people and/or that must be shared among 100% of employees each day, companies have an abundance of space and equipment that can be shared among only the people who choose to be on-site at any given time.
- It Saves Money — Real estate is expensive. Hoteling office space means companies can increase headcount without having to expand their physical campus.
- It Improves Morale — Employees appreciate the flexibility that hoteling office space affords and, therefore, are usually more excited to work (whether it be in the office or remotely)!
Want to Learn More?
Hoteling office space is a growing trend that benefits employees and employers alike. It’s a convenient and profitable solution for companies that want to maximize their space and budgets while still protecting one of their most valuable assets: their employees. To learn more about how to implement office hoteling solutions at your own place of work, please contact our design team at Key Interiors.