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Standing flag they should take a 'hot-desk' laminate from reception when vacant and put it on their desk Instead of going elsewhere to get a sign, keep a sign at every desk. For visibility, make it a toy-sized flag in a stand or something else vertical. When someone sits, they take down the flag. When the person departs, they raise the flag. The ...


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During any interview stages you go through, you should have the opportunities to ask questions. This would be the perfect time for you to ask, even if it may not be relevant to the current interview e.g. You're in a technical interview, but you're asking about the office. This is basically your chance to ask about anything from office culture, to the best ...


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When we're not in the office, we leave a sign that says "This desk is available for hot-desking". I don't think you need anything else than that. If you want to be more specific, mention when you'll be back.


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I'm not interested in working in: A cubicle An office without lots of windows and natural light. An office where I can't walk to restaurants/coffeeshops. (...) What would be an appropriate way/time during the interview pipeline to bring this up? Early. If possible, do your own research early too. A lot of job postings write about ...


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3 months without a desk and work space of your own? This is not a good sign. If it were me, I'd be looking for another job. After 3 months I see no legitimate reason they could have for not providing you the "tools" and space to do your job. In my opinion, their actions show a lack of "valuing" their employees, which doesn't bode well for your future ...


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You can set up desks in an outlook calendar and book openings that way. Have ongoing "meetings" for your desks, and set the availability for when your desks will be unoccupied


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One of my questions at an interview is "can I please see where I'll be working?" It resolves a very large collection of issues; including ones that you may not ask explicitly; for example "is there an issue with the state of the building"; or "will I only be given a single small monitor to work with". There are some places that may have reasons to say no; ...


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Sounds like hot-desking is a short term band-aid here. If your office is "rammed", then soon(er or later) you will need a larger office. Perhaps try concentrating on that? If not feasible, I would recommend allowing more working from home. But it sounds like management has their head in the sand over this one. [Update, after your comment] Personally, I ...


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Someone that I work with had been at the company for a whole year without being assigned a desk. Our organisation opts for hot desking however many developers have fixed desks. This employee developed injuries and health problems due to the ergonomics of the workplace and he was able to claim some money off the company. Straight after this claim was made the ...


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I worked in several companies, and there were plenty of times when someone needed to sit for some time (from a few minutes, to a few days): candidates for jobs, people in business trips, ... There was never any process about it. Someone (insider) would spot a potentially available desk, and ask around if the regular "owner" is using it during that day or ...


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The most important thing would be to communicate your problem to your manager, although you stated that you might not be taken seriously. You could try and make it an issue of producitivity and not an issue about your ADHD, since this keeps you from doing your job in an efficient manner. Being placed near a busy place is the equivalent of you walking into ...


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You're not overreacting, the situation is very unprofessional and it's damaging your health. I only experienced such a situation once, where temporary contractors were seated like this. Talk to your boss again Tell your boss that this situation is unacceptable. Ask how it will be fixed and when it will be fixed. If he cannot get a desk, he should find an ...


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If it is a large company you have three options: Complain to your workplace health and safety officer about the ergonomics about your desk situation. Be prepared to have problems with your boss if you do this. Try to talk to your boss again and again, tell him you're worried about having back problems or something along those lines. This way you hopefully ...


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In our office, we have the policy of every desk is free to use. But IF you know you come back tomorrow MORNING, then you can leave your stuff there (Mainly Keyboard, because everything else is put away). When you know you are absent the next day, put your keyboard somewhere else, like a locker or put it behind the screens or something. If the space before ...


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We have tried making colleagues aware that they should take a 'hot-desk' laminate from reception when vacant and put it on their desk. This didn't work as wanted as people either didn't comply, or the signage wasn't obvious enough among the sea of desks. You're doing it the wrong way around. You're putting a flag on a "free" table. What you should do is ...


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Why not make the desks available by default? Change the culture so that when you come in in the morning you can sit at any desk that is free. This way you maximally use the available space. People won't avoid empty desks because 'Bob usually sits there and he might still come in.' If Bob comes in later, he'll take the next free desk. This does require you ...


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Perhaps put a label on everyone's usual desk with their email. When the desk seems vacant for a while, people can email to ask if the occupant is out of the office. They'll either get an out-of-office response, meaning yes, or if the person is just away for an afternoon and didn't set one, they can always quickly respond yes/no. For those where the ...


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Checking on Glass Door, etc might give some indication of the working environment; sometimes. Also, if applying through an external recruiter, they have probably visited the client's premises. If not, they probably already have someone who works/worked there, whom you/they could ask. Don't worry about putting off an external recruiter by this - if you ...


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So as I understand it: you moved the furniture around your colleague moved some furniture around, and this seems to have been the point at which conflict started your colleague persuaded you to swap places your colleague now threatens to make trouble for you if you move the furniture again. And you have two motivations: to get your old place back to avoid ...


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Contrary to other answers, I'll tell you there isn't much you can do to find a lots of info on companies. The interview is the best place to get all relevant information. You shouldn't look at it as it is only your test - you should look at it also as an opportunity to get as much details about the workplace as you can. When I was looking to change a ...


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You have special requirements that are pretty unusual these days, so chances are that most opportunities that come up will not meet them. Best you can do, is to bring it up early in the interview process, i.e during the first phone screen with either the recruiter or the hiring manager. Walking into an interview, taking a look around and then walking right ...


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My suggestion is to assign the job of maintaining the signs for desks to other people. The people who use the desk already have a lot on their minds - they can very easily forget to set the flag. Or they might have to rush out and not have the time. Or some might indeed "conveniently forget", too. At any rate, it's exctremely error prone, as you've already ...


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From past experience, there are certain software applications used by IT that may not work in that configuration. I used to work in a help desk where management had access to record the screens during a help desk call or view it in real time for coaching purposes. If I rotated the screens, the screen would not be recorded or visible to management, and this ...


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Gently nag your boss about it each week, until you get down to what is actually happening. At the very least your boss should let you in on why you don't have a desk yet. But I wouldn't put too much faith in things moving quickly. You're not alone sitting at a dining table, so it could be that there's some major logistics screw-up, or that they do this as a ...


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