Long back when coworking was sprouting its roots, the concept revolved around young techies sitting on comfortable couches and working on programs with a fast internet connection at their disposal.
However, modern coworking spaces have evolved manifolds. They have adapted to the needs of the current professionals and cater to a range of membership options.
One can rent a private office for a month, get a hot desk for a day or even lease a dedicated desk for a week. But do you know what exactly all these jargon mean? In this post, we explain the concept of dedicated desks, who can use them, and what value they bring to the users.
First Off, What is a Dedicated Desk?
The name says it all. A dedicated desk in a coworking space is a workstation that is all yours. For the period of your membership, no one else but you can use the desk and all the amenities it comes with. When you’re not in for the day, the spot is left empty so that when you do punch in, you are all set for work.
Typically, dedicated desks are allocated in one section of the shared workplace instead of being interspersed with collaborative areas. It ensures that you get an environment free of any distractions.
Who Can Use a Dedicated Desk?
For some, knowing that there is a predefined spot reserved for them for work puts their mind at ease. For others, it is their choice to come for work and pick any free spot that is preferable. Ultimately, it’s your personal preference if you want to rent a hot desk or a dedicated one.
That said, we understand that choosing can be confusing, especially if you’re new to coworking. To help you make the decision, consider that you use a lot of gadgets and find hauling them every day to work cumbersome, then a dedicated desk is for you.
From freelancers to start-up founders to enterprise employees, anyone who needs a permanent space exclusively reserved for them can use a dedicated desk.
What are the Perks of a Dedicated Desk?
A dedicated desk is everything you need to make yourself at home in a coworking space. Plus, it gives you the best of both worlds. You can have a quiet place to work free of intrusions, and you can also mingle with the community when you so wish. Let’s take a look at the benefits and amenities that come with a dedicated desk.
A customisable space all your own
Arriving for work to space, which has a few pictures of your family and friends, a comfortable seating space, and some knick-knacks feel good. Most community managers in a coworking space allow you to personalise the dedicated desk as per your taste. You can create a workstation that is entirely yours and has a positive and welcoming touch to it.
A considerable measure of privacy
For a lot of new members, the biggest hurdle faced while transitioning to coworking is the sense of privacy. They assume (erroneously) that they’ll have people peering over their shoulders or peeking at their monitors. While every coworker is aware of the privacy etiquette, dedicated desks extend an added layer of discretion.
With these desks, you can work even on sensitive information or trade secrets without worrying about data leakage.
A touch of permanence
If you are one of those people who like to have every little thing set at a hand’s distance while working, then a dedicated desk is your best bet. They have a touch of permanence that is absent in hot desks.
You don’t have to clear out the entire desk area when you call it a day.
You can even leave your belongings for the day or overnight without fretting that someone else will find it messy, untidy, or unorganised.
A quieter space to concentrate
There are some projects and assignments that require 100% concentration. There are some days when deadlines loom, and you can’t afford any interruptions. The vibrant energy of coworking space on days like these can become disruptive.
A dedicated desk guarantees that you have a quiet spot to complete all unfinished work with utmost focus. Additionally, you get 24/7 access, meaning it’s possible to work till it’s dark-o-thirty. The business-grade internet ensures that there are no delays on the digital side of things.
Still have access to the community
Just because a dedicated desk sets you apart from other coworkers, it doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy all the benefits of the coworking community. Along with your dedicated desk membership, you get complete access to common areas. When you wish to network with other members, simply step into the lounge area. When it is time for you to get a quick grub, the kitchenette is ready with complimentary tea and coffee.
Above and beyond the amenities
A dedicated desk plan is a key that unlocks every feature the coworking space offers. You can book a meeting room when one is needed. The game room, the shower facilities, the phone booth, or the reading room, you can use every amenity that is there. Plus, you get services like printing, scanning, front desk, and guest management.
WorkWise’s Advice on Dedicated Desks
A freelancer leaping from a traditional office to coworking will be more comfortable with a dedicated desk. A remote worker who fancies a settled and reliable workspace will find a dedicated desk a more suitable option. A team that has to work in tandem but with individual roles will find a cluster of dedicated desks a good fit.