Enterprises are also experimenting with different ways of dedicating and sharing spaces in the main office. Driven in part by the cost of corporate real estate, strategies such as “hoteling” and “hot desking” have gained currency. Hoteling is a process by which employees reserve desk space for temporary usage, and hot desking leaves that process unstructured — first come, first served. Some law offices have now embraced hoteling because of digitization — where most lawyers needed to be in a space along with their physical information, now, most of this exists online or in the cloud.
Strategies like these can keep workspaces from being underused, but as businesses introduce sharing and migration into their workspaces they should make sure their employees still have consistent ways to be reached — via mobile phones — and still have access to private spaces, for calls and conversations that need to be confidential. And while these new workplaces and styles of work are changing the game, it’s important to remember that most workers still work from physical offices, and that these offices can bring great value to your organization.