It’s been about 10 years now, that desk sharing (or non designated desk) has been developing in multiple cities. This concept’s real value resides in the fact that costs are swiped away.
Will “sharing desks” soon become a norm? According to a study conducted by the CSA for Actineo, which studies people’s quality of life at work, has shone that less than a 1/3 of employees still work in a closed office space. Europe’s new trend is going towards a more collective spirit such as “open spaces”, or more recently “desk sharing” or “flex desks”. This last term designates office spaces where anyone can, as soon as they get to the office, hook in their computer wherever they find a free spot and start working.
Only 16% of Netherland, 19% of Brit, 25% of Spanish, 30% Swedish, 33% of French and 36% of German workers working in an office actually have an individual space. On the other hand 73% of Brit, 71% Spanish, 66% Netherland, 55% French such as German, and 49% Swedish workers work in shared office spaces.
The reason? Most of these workers simply don’t have a designed office, because they share a desk.
What about Belgium? It’s difficult to answer precisely to this question because of a lack of official figures on the matter. But it seems pretty clear that in less than 10 years we’ve been more and more on the rise of a non-designated office spaces.
The desk sharing solution is peculiarly interesting for employers since less desks space is needed to set up their teams.
But how do employees feel in this new environment? It all depends on the manager’ attitude: Will he show himself flexible? Let me have a plant? Let me stay 24/7? Organize conferences?
The manager’s role is of great importance. There is today a great change of paradigm. Before, the office spaces reflected the manager’s hierarchy in the company. Today, the manager’s place is at the center of his team. It is important for employees to have present and available managers who “play the game” with them.