Hot Desk Stress

Who on earth came up with the concept of job interviews? Probably someone with an uncommon gift for for spur-of-the-moment self-promotion and a knack for judging dress codes.

As for the rest of us, we’ve inherited the task of having to manufacture these qualities for 20 minutes at a time while navigating the complexities of contemporary office spaces – you know, wondering if those ripped jeans-clad idlers hanging out near reception are just some randoms, or if that’s a floating task-specific workspace that doubles as a power napping area.

But then, this is typical of Melbourne. Office design trends come and go almost as quickly as the 96 tram, but there seems to be something of an abiding interest in flexible, open plan workspaces that facilitate collaboration. I mean, maybe this isn’t just a Melbourne thing, but as far as this country goes, I’d be willing to bet that most innovations in commercial interiors originate here.

So, what’s the latest in designer office fitouts, Melbourne design buffs? Have we moved on from hot desks yet? For the record, I’ve always found those to be pretty stressful. You’re never quite sure if you’re going to nab the one near the window, which adds just a tiny sliver of additional stress to your day. I suppose if all the desks were by a window, that’d be a different story.

On that point, I’m guessing green views and indoor plantings are still are still a thing, or at least I think they should be. That’s one interior design trend I can get behind, and not just on an aesthetic level. Organic greenery just makes me feel good, and if I can have it constantly in my peripheral vision, all the better for my performance on the job.

Obviously, I do understand the purpose of job interviews, and I don’t really have a better alternative to suggest. I guess I’m just expressing the fact that I don’t feel naturally adept in that arena.