Work Talk Podcast: Desk, don't go. Stay with me?

How should workers respond when they lose their desks? We discuss this issue in our Work Talk podcast. PHOTO: PIXABAY

Synopsis: This is a podcast series by The Straits Times to help you work smarter, think deeper, and get ahead in your work life.

In this episode, we talk about hot-desking, the changing out of permanent desks for workers to shared furniture and spaces. 

One wouldn't guess that workers could get all emotional over desk space, but that is exactly what is happening in some companies that are thinking of removing what is seen as a benefit to some employees.

What is hot-desking? Is it suitable for everybody? How should workers respond when they lose their desks? 

ST's senior correspondent Krist Boo hosts Chen Tang, the strategy principal at Unispace, a workplace consultancy.  Her other guest is Mr Joseph Khong, assistant director at ACE, the national trade association for startups .

Join us as we discover just how hot this potato of hot-desking could get. And get tips that help bosses avoid getting burnt!

Highlights (click/tap):

02:19 Mr Chen on how hot-desking is catching on in Singapore 

03:56 How much savings hot-desking could bring

07:04 Why workers resist hot-desking

12:45 To hot-desk or not, it comes down to your business

15:37 Executive-asks-expert time: how office space might look in a year's time 

Read Krist Boo's Work/Life columns:

Produced by: Krist Boo (, Ernest Luis and Teo Tong Kai

Edited by: Teo Tong Kai

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