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Hot-Desking in the Pandemic - How to Do It Safely

During the coronavirus lockdown, most of us have been trying to work from living rooms or sheds — and are perhaps going stir-crazy by now. In any case, useful as home working can be, it's not always a substitute for a fully equipped workplace.

Now the lockdown is starting to ease off, there's a temptation to get back to the office. The trouble is, depending on your circumstances, it may still not be entirely safe. So could hot-desking be a perfect compromise?



Why Might You Need a Hot Desk?

Unless you're very lucky, the chances are that in normal circumstances you have to travel a fair distance every day to work. While travel restrictions are being eased, it's not safe yet to go back to normal — especially if you're relying on public transport.

If you live in Hertfordshire but have an office in London, your daily commute may have been a hassle, but now it's positively dangerous. We've all seen footage of people crowding onto the tube, regardless of the risk of infection. Would you really want to put yourself through that?

This doesn't have to be a whole office suite or even one entire office. Hot-desking (hiring the use of a fully equipped desk for however long you need it) is the perfect alternative to home working or commuting, combining the best of both.

This doesn't have to be a whole office suite, or even one entire office. Hot-desking (hiring the use of a fully equipped desk for however long you need it) is the perfect alternative to home working or commuting, combining the best of both.

Hot-Desking vs Home Working

So why not just carry on working from home? If you have children (or even if you don't) you probably already know one answer to that question — it's difficult to stay in work mode at home. If you're hot-desking in a business centre, on the other hand, the whole atmosphere is professional and perfect for concentrating on your work.

In addition, a business centre that provides hot desks will have a much higher grade of internet connection than you probably do at home. Your connection will be dedicated to you, rather than having to share it with family members home-schooling, shopping online or watching Netflix.

You'll also have all the advantages of an office environment, such as reception, scanning, photocopying and faxing. Most of all, you'll be in a business environment, interacting (at a social distance) with other professionals. The whole atmosphere is far more conducive to getting your work done.

The Problems of Hot-Desking in the Pandemic

Hot-desking poses two very obvious problems in keeping you safe during the pandemic. Firstly, you'll be sharing an office space with other people, posing a challenge to social distancing. Secondly, you'll be using a desk and equipment (computer, phone etc.) that's been touched by others. How can you be sure they won't be infected?

Of course, many of these issues would also arise if you went back to your usual workplace. Fortunately, there are ways of minimising the risks of hot-desking — as long as you choose a facility that's conscientious about safeguards.


What Should You Look for in a Hot-Desk in the Pandemic?

If you're looking for a hot-desk or other office space in Hertfordshire, it's vital to check what standard procedures and guarantees the provider gives. Among the most important are:

· Ensuring that no two workstations are closer than 2 metres (and ideally further).

· Ensuring all routes through the building are adapted to prevent crowding.

· Ensuring that desks and equipment are thoroughly cleaned and sanitised between users.

This doesn't have to be a whole office suite or even one entire office. Hot-desking (hiring the use of a fully equipped desk for however long you need it) is the perfect alternative to home working or commuting, combining the best of both.

· Ensuring that personal sanitisers are available at multiple points throughout the building.

If you want to know more about hot-desks or any other office in Ware, either as a temporary measure or as the perfect long-term solution, contact us to discuss your needs and to put your mind at rest.

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