What is the impact of hotdesking and car parking on social workers?

Community Care has launched a new report revealing how social workers feel about hotdesking and car parking

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A recent Community Care survey heard from more than 2,000 social workers about the impact of hotdesking and car parking.

What it showed was a workforce widely opposed to the idea of hotdesking – despite its widespread use – and one struggling with the cost and impact of car parking on their day-to-day jobs.

Insights from this research, as well as a case study and recommendations from the frontline on how to improve hotdesking and car parking, is now available in the form of a downloadable PDF.

Senior leaders can use the report to better understand the frontline’s feelings and problems with hotdesking and get practical steps they can take to improve their social workers’ morale if indeed they are required to hotdesking. They can also see the time and cost burdens car parking places on social workers, and hear how they themselves feel it can be improved.

The impact of these issues is not to be ignored, as an overwhelming majority said that the presence of hotdesking or car parking benefits would impact their decision to join a council.

You can download the report here.

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5 Responses to What is the impact of hotdesking and car parking on social workers?

  1. ruth April 26, 2019 at 9:43 pm #

    If those are the things that really bother you in a job, you need to get out more.

  2. Angela gadsdon April 28, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

    There is nothing here that workers did not predict. It was councillors and senior managers trying to save money. They did not listen to staff and now they reap the what they sow. They need to take responsibility and listen to staff from now on and act on staff knoiwledge…too much of token listening in the past.

  3. John Ramsey April 29, 2019 at 10:10 am #

    Hot desking is an H&S issue. Human beings are territorial animals and they like to personalise their desk space. Presumably this helps to reduce stress. Hot desking increases stress and presumably has a detrimental effect on sickness levels.As it is a background factor, nobody will go off sick directly because of hot desking- but it is a real factor nonetheless.

  4. A Man Called Horse April 29, 2019 at 10:13 am #

    Councils are still subject to ongoing Austerity and in view of this hotdesking will continuewell into the future. Without proper LA funding directly from Government attacks on terms and conditions of employment will continue to save money.

    If you want an end to hotdesking what is needed is an end to this Tory Government who are entirely responsible.

  5. Wendy page April 30, 2019 at 6:42 am #

    There is also lack of respect for the social work role ever other staff in the council probably not hotdesking as for car parking ever other department will have allocated spaces I use to be a social worker for 30 years and watch the trivialise of the role all other profession are listened to until the management start caring and looking after their social work staff it will continue in my local papers my local council lost over 30 social workers in short period of time