Just a short drive from Schipol airport, the Microsoft office in Amsterdam is a world away from the traditional corporate office space which can be seen replicated all over the world. This office is completely permanent desk free, in other words the office fully employs hotdesking. For such a large office space this is no mean feat! The company wanted to put the focus firmly on coworking and collaboration, employees are allowed the freedom to work in the area of the office which is the most suitable for the type of work they are doing at any given time. Microsoft was so committed to the idea of hotdesking in Amsterdam that there aren’t even offices or assigned desks for senior employees.
According to a press release the benefits of coworking and hotdesking to Microsoft are clear:
- A 30% reduction in real estate costs
- Increased productivity
- Enhanced market reputation and ability to attract and retain top talent
- Increased employee mobility
- Benefits for the environment