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Hotdesking, the latest office trend to annoy employees

•, Suzanne Munshower
 BERLIN — Aiming for that corner office, or any office at all for that matter, is fast becoming a thing of the past.

Now, it’s all about hotdesking, in which employees change their workstations day-to-day.

These days, management enthusiasm for the non-territorial office is growing, particularly in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. It’s also catching on in the US.

According to a 2010 report by New Ways of Working (New WOW), based on a survey of 103 organizations and including Fortune 100 companies, six out of 10 respondents said they were ditching fixed desks and switching to hotdesking.

Why the shift? One reason the hotdesk concept is now sizzling is that advances in technology allow for it. With a smart phone and notebook or tablet computer, the world’s an office. The need for office space continues to shrink, say Regus officials, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces.

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