The autonomy to sit wherever you want isn't exactly what current employees are looking for. As Director of workplace think-tank Reventure, Lindsay McMillan explains that the concept of hot-desking 'was created not with workers in mind, but in the interests of conserving space', therefore, the pitfall of hot-desking doesn’t come as a surprise for her [4]. Moreover, hot-desking is said to be introduced to accommodate employees who largely work outside the office [2] - basically people who are hardly even in the office.

Research noted the general misconception with hot-desking: the sharing of spaces leads to more collaboration. The reality is that collaboration in a workplace is strengthened by having access to adequate collaboration spaces and having mobile technology to utilise them [5]. A fixed-desk environment does not deter collaborative efforts.