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Many corporate TopBrewer clients have recently moved offices or are in the process of doing so.  One thing that a lot of these businesses have in common is their rationale when it comes to moving to a hot desking or hotelling environment.  As space becomes increasingly in demand and more expensive, particularly in the City, agile working practices are a great way of saving money and reducing wasted square footage. 

So what is hot desking and how does it work?  Hot desking means that employees no longer work from fixed desks.  Some organisations operate a booking in system, known as hotelling, whereby staff literally book themselves into a desk when they arrive at work in the morning.  A strict clear desk policy is often adhered to and lockers are generally allocated to staff to store their personal and work belongings. 

The reception to this modern way of working from staff can be mixed and it is important for businesses to communicate with their employees about the change, why it is happening and what the benefits will be to them and the organisation as a whole.  Some employees view their desk as a second home, this is understandable due to the amount of time we each spend at our workplace.  A desk can harbour a sense of identity and individuality, a place to express ones self through potted plants, family pictures and stationary.  However, the prospect of clearing ones belongings away into a locker each evening can be perceived as somewhat of an annoyance.  


So what are the benefits to employees? The good thing about hot desking is that companies do not need to allocate a desk to every member of staff.  What with holidays, external meetings and the ability to work remotely, the workplace is never full to capacity, therefore the extra space can be used much more efficiently to create communal areas, hubs, meeting spaces and generally nicer environments to work in and collaborate with colleagues.  If you are working with a specific colleague from a different team on a certain project, hot desking allows you the flexibility to book a spot next to them so that you can collaborate much more effectively.  Not only this, in many organisations this way of working is not limited to staff, Directors are also adopting the scheme allowing for a much more open and relaxed way of working.  Breaking down barriers and obstacles in the workplace both physically and metaphorically can create a genuine culture shift.


Scanomat perspective:

"We have learnt from our clients that hot desking makes perfect sense in the modern workspace.  It is an efficient and cost effective model that has many benefits to both the organisation adopting the principles and their staff.  But it can be a long journey for some and communication at every stage is crucial to a smooth transition and positive cultural shift." Simon Bracken, Managing Director, Scanomat UK

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What is the first thing you do when you get to the office?  For many of us the answer will be "Grab a coffee".  We rely on a caffeine fix to get us through our working day, but quite often the office coffee solution is of a substandard quality, particularly if it is free or subsidised for staff, but it doesn't have to be that way - office coffee can be amazing!

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Date: 17 - 20 September 2014

Venue: Earls Court London

Stand No: O6


Hall: Workplace

After a hugely successful event in 2013, Scanomat will be exhibiting once again at 100% Design, but this time on a grander scale.

100% Design is the place to catch all of the latest interior design trends this Autumn.  With over 27k visitors in 2013, the show, which is the main attraction of the London Design Festival, is set to be a roaring success in 2014!
With the rising trend of the “internet of things” hot on everyone’s lips, the TopBrewer is perfectly adapted to allow tech-savvy workplaces and consumers the ability to automate their coffee experience at the swipe of an iPhone.  At 100% Design, the Scanomat Coffee Geeks’ will be showcasing their latest technology and discussing the future of coffee in the workplace.

Architects and Designers are already transforming the workspace environment into a social, collaborative and inspiring space to harbour ideas and bring them to life.  At Scanomat we are tuned into this revolution and deliver a unique office coffee experience for the modern workspace that enhances new wave working practices, such as; agile working, hoteling and BYOD. 


If you have been itching to try out the TopBrewer for yourself before specifying it for a client then this is your chance to get up close and personal with the world’s first iPhone controlled coffee machine.  Can’t wait for September?  Watch the TopBrewer video or download our installation examples presentation to see how the TopBrewer looks in different environments.

Tweet for a Treat - Share your TopBrewer Experience!

Throughout the show we will be encouraging visitors to the Scanomat stand to share their ‘TopBrewer Experience’ by tweeting a picture/vine using the hashtag #TopBrewer100.  Our favourite tweet at the end of the Show will win an iPad Mini courtesy of Scanomat.


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Stand 38

Earls Court, London

29 - 30 January 2014, 1-8pm 

The Architect and Interior Design community are invited to come and experience the Scanomat TopBrewer at the Architect@Work Show at Earls Court, London, on 29th and 30th January 2014.
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 b2ap3_thumbnail_FX-Awards-Shortlist-30F370.jpgScanomat are delighted to announce that their revolutionary TopBrewer professional bean-to-cup coffee machine has been shortlisted for ‘Product of the Year’ in the FX Design Awards.
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