Opinion: The rise and fall of the hot desk

May 28, 2014

Organisational psychologist Dr Graeme Ditchburn discussed the rise of a new style of work environment in an opinion piece in The Conversation.

Workplaces are investigating the effectiveness of activity based workplaces, with areas tailored to work tasks such as collaborative areas for brainstorming and meetings.

This is a new step in workplace environments after a rise in popularity of hotdesking in organisations, where employees do not have an assigned workspace.

Dr Ditchburn discusses the negative aspects such as timewasting and a decrease in job satisfaction of hotdesk style of workplace, and suggests that activity based working is a possible solution.

Read the full article here.

Graeme Ditchburn is currently Academic Chair, Organisational Psychology at Murdoch University. His interests focus on the individual at work and include personality and dynamic performance, performance measurement, expatriate adjustment, organisational commitment, and organisational culture and values.

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