The term “mobile” has become somewhat of a nuisance in my opinion. While it allows you to be more flexible, it has affected the work-space balance. Without a proper transition, having employees switch from traditional stations to touchdown stations can be a little rough. Here are some tips for managing hoteling stations:
- Set up a reservation system so employees can block out a space of time to use a touchdown station.
- Provide a clear “no permanent residence” policy for the spaces designated as touchdown stations. This means persons are not allowed to store personal items (pictures, nick-nacks, food, etc.) within that space.
- Install signage in the spaces that define them as touchdown areas.
- Re-evaluate your space every couple of months. Are more and more employees working permanently from the hoteling stations? If so, it may be time to reconfigure.
- Assign individual file cabinets or cubbies for mobile employees to store items in the office. Often, people just need a place to store folders for current projects; make sure they have an area to do this.
For more information on work-space balance, check out the Steelcase 360 issue, Is Your Workplace Ready? When you are…Phillips’ experts are here to help guide you through the transition to a mobile-friendly workplace.