A desk booking system is a software platform that’s fundamental for any organization enabling flexible and hybrid ways of working. All desk booking systems enable users to essentially book desks before coming to the office. However, the most important elements of good desk booking software are:
Hybrid work is a workplace model where employees work partly from the office and partly remotely. The foundation of the hybrid work model is flexibility for employees to work from anywhere. A few years down the line of the hybrid work experiment, we can confidently say that the most viable and economic option for creating a hybrid workplace is desk sharing – desk hoteling (sometimes called office hoteling), in combination with hot desking. Therefore, the most viable option to enable desk sharing and thus hybrid work is through a proper desk booking system.
Desk booking systems have a long, not very bright, history and likely a long, very bright future.
Most desk booking software solutions of the past used to be part of the so-called Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS). These complex, cumbersome software platforms were mostly used for managing the complexity of the real estate, as well as the space and facility management needs of corporate customers. The desk booking component of a typical IWMS was usually handling only hot desk bookings via a kiosk installed in the office. This is a suboptimal user experience, for sure, and almost as bad as a hot desk booking template in excel.
The focus of the desk reservation systems of the future though is all about ease of use and employee workplace experience. Technology is so deeply ingrained in our life and so the workplace must be too. However, in order to get there, desk booking apps have to be at least as good as the apps we use on a daily basis, if not better.
Your main focus when choosing a desk booking solution should be the ease of use and potential reach of the application. The adoption of your booking platform and your employee satisfaction relies heavily on that. You really want to enable booking on all screens.
We use many screens for many reasons in our daily life. Your desk scheduling software should be available anywhere in order to increase your employee adoption and satisfaction, thus your use of office space.
The modern desk scheduling systems are highly customizable and configurable to suit your need for agility. Some of the more important elements you should look for include:
A good desk booking solution can help you create a more productive and collaborative workplace experience for your employees. Furthermore, by implementing desk hoteling or hot desking strategy, you can optimize your workspace utilization, and get more out of your real estate, thus reducing your costs.
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It sounds simple, however, the benefit exceeds many times the investment in an easy-to-use, customizable desk booking system, such as OfficeRnD Hybrid (which, in addition to desk booking, also lets team members make meeting room bookings).
The easiest way to start is by talking to one of our workplace experts about desk booking and hybrid work software. You can book a time slot here. Or you can try it yourself by starting a free trial! It is as easy as 1,2,3!
Happy hybrid working! We hope to see you all collaborating in the offices. 🙂
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