How to Choose Between Hot Desk and Dedicated Desk

Serviced offices are fully furnished spaces managed by a separate company or office provider. They offer workspaces that cater to small- to medium-sized businesses, even to startups and freelancers who are still finding their place in their respective industries. Compared to a traditional office set-up, a serviced office can open up new opportunities for individuals and organizations alike in terms of ideation and collaboration. It also offers agility and relatively larger spaces that are perfect for big groups. What makes it a lot more appealing is how it provides an easy-going and hassle-free atmosphere, but at the same time not compromising the quality of ideas that flow freely.

As people continue to revolutionize the way work is done, corporate offices are no longer the only type of workspace one is likely to come across. The trend of freelancing resulted in an innovative way to bring together groups of people from different fields and exchange thoughts and opinions.

In the Philippines, computer-based freelancers are on the rise as the gig economy is projected to grow steadily in the upcoming years. In a report published by Paypal in 2018, Filipino freelancers are the most optimistic and open with regards to how they want to work. In the same report, the survey found that Filipinos opt for freelancing gigs mainly for the following reasons: freedom to work anywhere, flexible schedules, the opportunity to be one’s own boss, and higher income.

Whether you are a freelancer or a part of a small business, finding the right workspace can sometimes require a lot of effort. But how do you know which one suits your business needs better?

Hot Desk

Nowadays, individuals tend to find a new sense of inspiration when they have the freedom to work comfortably and anywhere they want. With hot desk, you are not limited to work in a specific desk. In this set-up, employees share communal spaces and are exposed to a working environment that thrives on open communication and teamwork.

Benefits:

Cost

Hot desk memberships are cheaper than dedicated desk memberships. With hot desk, you can save up on operational costs spent on computers, furniture, and overall space you need. It is a cost-effective solution for employees who spend more time out of the office or those who work remotely.

Flexibility

Hot desking is also perfect for people on the go. If you always find yourself in the thick of things—client meetings from one place to another or potentially opening multiple businesses in different locations—you will just waste your money on a workspace that you cannot utilize all the time, such as a dedicated desk.

Growth

A communal space shared by many individuals is an ideal place for learning new things. It encourages a creative environment where people get to interact and socialize with other teams. Furthermore, it also fosters a sense of belongingness and unity among different groups.

 

Dedicated Desk

Having a dedicated desk allows you to have your own personal desk for a certain period of time. If you are coming from a traditional office environment, it is natural to want a workspace that you can call your own. No one else is allowed to use your desk, and should you take a long vacation, there will definitely be a spot waiting for you at the office. Moreover, you do not have to worry about having to work near common areas since dedicated desks are mostly situated in independent working areas of the office.

Benefits:

Ownership

Since the entire space is yours, you can leave your belongings without having to worry of them getting lost. It gives you the benefit of a shared space, but with an added degree of personalization and permanency. You can also customize and design your desk to your liking.

Convenience

Have you ever had to drag your heavy laptop from your home to your office every day? Then a dedicated desk is just perfect for you. With this set-up, you can say goodbye to the hassle of having to carry your gear and equipment back and forth. Serviced offices that offer dedicated desks have around-the-clock building security staff as well.

Community

Apart from the advantage of having your personal space, you will be surrounded by other businesses and go-getters. Even companies with vastly different goals can always find a common ground through intellectual discussions and creative talks. While getting a hot desk also gives you the same advantage, opting for a dedicated desk offers a strong sense of community among thriving businesses with a growth mindset.

Know more about our Hot Desks here and explore your options. If you are looking to try out our Dedicated Desks, you can learn more about our offers here.

Still mulling it over? Let us assist you with your workspace needs. Get in touch via email at hello@archoffices.com.

8 Helpful Ways to Improve your Workplace Energy

You’ve been having a fierce staring game with your laptop for about 30 minutes now and neither seems to want to back down. All you hear in the background is the clickety-clack of your colleague’s keyboard and the never-ending ticking of the clock that says two in the afternoon. Your low energy makes you want to just lie in bed and binge your favorite series at home without a care in the world.

Sounds familiar? Don’t worry because everyone else has had the same experience at work.

We’ve all had sluggish and lazy moments in the office. More often than not, a temporary lull in energy levels could be an aftereffect of a heavy workload or a dip in your circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is basically a 24-hour internal clock that is running in the background of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. Once this hits you at a time when deadlines are just around the corner, you’ll have to brace yourself for that imminent yawn. And you wouldn’t want that to happen during a meeting with your boss.

So how can you best recover from energy lulls without having to resort to too much caffeine and sugary snacks? Better steer away from being at a low ebb at work as it can affect your productivity and output.

1. Enjoy the sunshine

When you’re working the early morning shift, it’s best to take advantage of the sunlight, receive its warmth, and bathe in its pleasant goodness. A two-minute walk around the block is always a great idea to relax your mind and unwind from work. Listen to your favorite mellow music and soak in the morning breeze. In a fast-paced environment, meditating is another important thing often passed up on. Deep breaths also help improve blood flow, develop a good posture, and detoxify the body.

2. Get your body moving

Get up every once in a while and stretch those muscles to keep your energy flowing throughout the day. If you can squeeze in a little workout and break a sweat during your free time, it can help you stay at peak performance until the end of the day. Exercising in the office isn’t an entirely new idea, but regular physical activities have such positive impact to employees as they provide an opportunity for them to connect beyond the workplace. A study also showed the benefits of exercising aren’t just physical; it also enhances mental abilities and develops creativity and focus.

3. Keep your desk organized

Your workplace is your personal space, and it sort of defines your personality. If it’s too cluttered and your stuff is in disarray, it’s likely that your mind is clouded as well. Pens, highlighters, and scissors should be in a pencil cup or any used cylindrical cup. Important files, sticky notes, stamps, and printer paper should be stored in a filing cabinet or a paper tray. Remember: clearing your desk can help you clear your mind. It can energize your entire system and give you a fresh perspective. Plants can also boost your productivity and well-being. Surround yourself with lush greenery and you will find yourself in a friendly, breathing environment conducive to a positive and revitalized workplace.

4. Check your to-do list

Always take a minute to prioritize your tasks. Stress leads to fatigue and even mental breakdown. Once you’re done with a certain project, tick it off your list. And you will feel a slight tingling sensation after that small achievement. Imagine being able to accomplish everything down to the last item on your list. Feels like you’re ready to do more, right?

5. Munch on healthy snacks

Sitting at your desk all day can already lead to weight gain and loss of muscle tone, so going for junk food isn’t really a great option. Eating healthy snacks not only balances out blood sugar, it also affects overall performance by providing the fuel needed to perform daily tasks. A combo of protein and carbs like yogurt with fruits and nuts is one example. Breakfast shouldn’t be taken for granted either. It kickstarts metabolism to help burn calories around the clock.

6. Share a laugh

Indeed, laughter is the best medicine—even to lack of energy. Its benefits extend to better mental health and a sign of healthier overall well-being. Apart from boosting the immune system, the act of laughing releases endorphins into the brain, providing happiness and an amplified sense of comfort. So don’t shy away from the occasional laugh with your colleagues. After all, it isn’t merely an escape from work, but a way to help you be more productive and cultivate a positive work environment.

7. Go for tea instead of coffee

Tea and coffee are perhaps two of the most well-liked beverages in the world, especially on rainy days. But how does one go about choosing which one to drink whenever their energy hits a low point? While coffee can improve short term reaction times and protect the liver against cancer, it can also cause tooth discoloration and decrease blood flow to the heart. Tea, on the other hand, contains fluoride which protects the teeth and can reduce risk of stroke, neurological disorders, and a heart attack.

8. Keep a positive attitude

At the end of the day, how you handle stress and lack of energy is what matters most. Feed your mind with positive thoughts and only then can you approach things with an optimistic standpoint full of endless possibilities. Celebrate small wins to improve morale and inspire creativity and you’ll be surprised how this can also significantly influence the people around you.