Home Learn More News Tweet News Corporate Trade in the News Six lessons professionals learned from flexible workspaces Back October 18, 2016 Globe Edge Content Studio Six lessons professionals learned from flexible workspaces GLOBE & MAIL OCTOBER 18, 2016 The transition from a traditionally structured workspace with assigned desks and offices to a flexible environment of hot desking and shared spaces often raises eyebrows, but as these six professionals reveal, it also offers opportunities to meet and interact with a more diverse group of colleagues; rethink how, as well as where, work is completed; and reinvigorate corporate culture. “You end up talking to and getting to know a larger number of your co-workers than you would if you were surrounded by the same individuals in a fixed-desk scenario,” Montgomery says of working in an open-structured office. She says this was an unexpected perk of switching from sitting at a fixed desk. “Often, you’ll end up party to useful conversations, which you might not have been otherwise. You pick up a lot more about what’s going on and what people are up to. And a lot more idea-sharing can happen spontaneously." Dana Montgomery, Flood and Coastal Risk Management Officer, Environment Agency, London, England “Employee satisfaction scores are an average of 91 per cent, and ratings for trust, culture, relationships with colleagues, and communication have all gone up from 3 to 6 points,” says Ms. Presnail, whose office has transitioned to a hybrid workspace of assigned seating, hot desking and flex work days (employees can work from home two days a week). The change also had a positive effect on the company’s green initiatives. “It has, in part, helped to reduce our paper consumption. A hot-desking employee is more likely to think twice about whether they really need that hard copy,” she says. Kimberly Presnail, Vice-President of Marketing and Culture, Active International , Toronto Click here to read the full article on Globe & Mail Kimberly Presnail Vice-President of Marketing and Culture, Active International Toronto Kimberly Presnail Vice-President of Marketing and Culture, Active International Toronto In print for 172 years, The Globe delivers lively and authoritative coverage of national, international, business, technology, arts, entertainment and lifestyle news.