As office spaces reconfigure for the new way we work, many are opting for what has often been called “hoteling”. The dictionary defines hoteling as “the short-term provision of office space to a temporary worker.” This term has been used more loosely, especially as of late, in that it doesn’t just apply to temporary employees. Basically, employees never have a permanent office and instead choose a different place or room to work in for the day. 

At Monarch we see all the benefits that this new way of officing presents. It definitely takes away a level of hierarchy within an organization. We all know the set ups where the higher up you go on the ladder, the nicer the office. It’s a formula that’s been around for a while. Well, if no one gets the corner office, then in no way is the workplace suggesting any hierarchy. Hoteling also allows for more mixing within the organization as there is a good chance your daily office mate or neighbor changes. This can only lead to getting to know one another better. This new set up also allows employees to work in the exact environment they feel best in. Best of all, this can change every day. Feeling social and collaborative? Then plop yourself in the community spaces. Not feeling very social or have way too much to do to be interrupted? Then sign up for a small focus room with a real door. 

All said, at Monarch, we also see merit in the way it’s always been done. There is a lot to be said about consistently and knowing what your office set up will always be like. Having your own dedicated office or workspace allows you to personalize your office where you spend so much time. From pictures of family and friends to a blow-up cactus, employees do love the opportunity to create a sense of self at work. If an employee never has a permanent office, we can’t help but ask the question if this creates less of a sense of permanence? After all, the dictionary did use the words “termporary workers”. In other words, does it feel easier to leave if you don’t feel you have a permanent place? We do understand the notion of putting in dues to earn certain perks like a corner office. While at Monarch we also believe there are other ways to incentivize a workforce, we still appreciate that many Baby Boomers and Gen Xers running companies put in serious time to earn their own private office space. To then have it taken away should not be underestimated.

Looking forward, as hybrid working sets in for quite some time, how does that work out? We understand an employer’s push back to dedicate private space to someone who only shows up a day or two a week. Perhaps this will be the differentiator between how often employees come into the office or not. The more you show up, the more permanent an office you have. 

So, where do you land – hoteling? Permanent office? Hybrid approach?

We would love your opinion!

Until next time,

Brian + Ben


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