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In the final video Sarah starts her first day at WebWare and Philip and Marcia show her around the office. Sarah is surprised to find that she doesn’t have to hot desk. Hot desking is the practice of using any available desk at work, instead of having a desk assigned to you and is quite common in UK companies. It is often associated with flexible working and work-life balance, two buzz words in corporate life these days.
Flexible working is a phrase that describes any working pattern adapted to suit the needs of the employee.
Common types of flexible working are:
part-time: working less than the normal hours, perhaps by working fewer days per week
flexi-time: choosing when to work (there's usually a core period during which you have to work)
compressed hours: working your agreed hours over fewer days
staggered hours: different starting, break and finishing times for employees in the same workplace
job sharing: sharing a job designed for one person with someone else
home working: working from home