Wintec hot-desks create stress

Posted By TEU on Jun 30, 2016 | 2 comments

Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 23

130 trades tutors at Wintec have roughly 70 desks to work at because the polytechnic is trying to save money by hot-desking them.

Local TEU organiser Megan Morris says the hot-desking policy is clearly creating workplace stress.

She says the lack of desks is hindering people’s work.

“If they can’t find a regular space to work then people are inclined to work from home.  But then students cannot reach them easily.”

While hot-desking was popular a few years ago because it could save companies and institutions floor space and thus money, recent research has been much more critical of its effect.

Slate Magazine recently described the practices as “neverending office musical chairs“.

Dr Justine Humphry from the University of Western Sydney told Fairfax that research findings show “lower levels of staff satisfaction at work, irritation that there isn’t room for personal possessions, arguments over work stations perceived to be in better positions, frustration at having to pack up and carry papers around and annoyance over noise from colleagues in open-plan areas.”

Humphry says many workers spend large chunks of time every day setting out their papers and documents, pens, staplers and other office equipment, as well as adjusting their chairs and computer screens to a height that suits them individually.

Morris says people working at Wintec need personal space to think without distractions and without the stress of constantly relocating.

“Always being on the move and competing for space is undermining teamwork.  It’s harming people’s relationships with each other and undermines their work.”

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