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HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Jim Carrey attends 'Jim Carrey In Conversation with Jerry Saltz' during Vulture Festival Presented By AT&T at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on November 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for New York Magazine)

Have you heard of the trend called “Hot Desking”?

The concept of an open workspace means that you don’t have an assigned desk, you just grab one in the office when you get in.  Allegedly, it increases productivity, gives you a change of scenery, and ‘keeps things fresh’.

This used to be reserved for interns or temporary employees but it’s catching on for full-time employees in some of the trendier workplaces.

Is this something that you think you could do at work?  I’m not so sure about it, I kind of like having a routine, a place for my stuff, and kind of a ‘home base’.

On occasion, if I’m going to try to do a little work at a coffeeshop, it’s always a challenge to find available seating, are you going to share a larger table with someone else?  Is it rude to take a table that seats 4 if you’re there working alone?  It simply creates more anxiety than it’s worth sometimes.  I’m afraid that “hot-desking” might give me the same anxiety…even if I knew I didn’t have to fight for a spot.

A new study published at LinkedIn says that it take Hot-Deskers an average of 18 minutes to find a desk and get settled in.  That may be a huge loss of productivity over the course of a year…but if it makes you more creative or productive once you’re settled, maybe it’s something we should keep an eye on!