More than eight in 10 (86%) of social workers don’t believe hotdesking is compatible with their jobs, a survey by Community Care has revealed.
The survey of over 2,400 social workers found 57% ‘strongly disagreed’ with the opinion that hotdesking was compatible with their jobs, while a further 29% said they ‘disagreed’. With 8% saying they felt neutral on the subject, only 6% of the profession agreed that social work as a job was compatible with hotdesking.
The findings come as 96% of those surveyed said their employers used hotdesking in at least one of its bases, and 82% told us they currently hotdesk.
When asked for their reasons why they felt it wasn’t compatible, one social worker said it “adds to anxiety” and “is particularly difficult after a challenging visit”.
Another added how it makes teams feel “disjointed”.
“It can waste your time. It also means that you are not sat with your team on occasion and they, especially as an [assessed and supported year in employment social worker] are a huge source of support both with the job itself and emotional well-being,” another social worker added.
Overall more than 60% of social workers who took Community Care’s survey said their experience of hotdesking had been ‘entirely’ or ‘largely’ negative.
45% reported that hotdesking negatively impacted on their day-to-day enjoyment of, and effectiveness in, their jobs every day.
Common problems highlighted by respondents were the wasted time of trying to find a desk, the loss of peer support on both a practical and emotional level, and general untidiness.
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