Hotdesking – The office trend of 2022

Somehow it is nearly the end of October. I doubt it’ll be at all long until Christmas adverts start to appear. Anyway, 2022 is soon to be upon us (somehow), and here’s hoping it’ll be a year that brings even more normality to our day to day lives.

One thing that is unlikely to return to pre-pandemic levels is the traditional office space. At last count, 53% of workers prefer a hybrid working arrangement. Because of this, it is no surprise that we have seen many of our clients begin to operate a hotdesking environment in their offices. In fact, we have adopted this ourselves at Dynamic Edge in our Fareham and Aberdeen offices.

There are many benefits to a hotdesking workspace. First off, this enables for workspaces to be shared, which in turn enables companies to reduce their office size, thus reducing costs and environmental impact.

For effective hotdesking to take place, each workspace needs to be easy for workers to sit down at a space, connect their device and get on with their work. This means the space needs to be clear, clean and with appropriate technology.

So, what should a hotdesking space include?

First off, I would recommend a large clear desk with lots of space for the user to sprawl their bits and bobs about. Also essential is easy access to hand sanitiser and cleaning products to wipe down the desk at the end of the day for the next user tomorrow.

Now, to the tech. I would suggest having two decent 24inch monitors placed on each desk, such as the HP E24 or the Dell P24. Alternatively, a larger wide screen monitor would do the job. I would also recommend a screen with a higher refresh rate and resolution if you are in a design-based role.

Next, a docking station. It is generally best to go with the brand you are in-grained with for most of your tech. For instance, if you are using HP devices across the board, I’d recommend HP docks. If, however you have a variety of brands knocking about, Dell do have some excellent universal USB-C docks, such as the Dell WD19. These docks will enable users to connect their devices to the screens, peripherals and power with just one USB-C connection.

Alternatively, you can skip the necessity of a docking station completely by investing in docking monitors. A docking monitor enables you to connect to the screen and provide your device with power. An example would be this HP monitor below which has a built-in camera and speaker, perfect for those who are regularly in Teams or Zoom meetings.

Lastly, laptops. Whilst a laptop may cost £100-£200 more (for a standard office machine) than its desktop counterpart, they provide far greater value. Laptops provide far more mobility and flexibility overall. My current favourite devices for standard office applications, video conferencing and emails are the HP ProBook 440 and the Dell Latitude 5420.

If you have any questions about this, or are looking for advice regarding purchasing new IT equipment, please email procurement@dynamicedge.co.uk

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