Falkirk Stadium launches Hot Desks for Hire offer to tackle homeworking challenges

The Falkirk Stadium has launched a ‘Hot Desks for Hire’ offer to give home workers a chance to get back to some kind of normality.

By Jonathon Reilly
Sunday, 1st November 2020, 6:43 pm
Updated Monday, 2nd November 2020, 9:51 am

The way in which we work has changed drastically out of necessity and it seems the ‘working from home’ model is here to stay for the foreseeable.

Swapping an office for a kitchen table and replacing face-to-face meetings with Google Hangouts and Zoom calls was always going to take some getting used to.

For some, homeworking may well act as a hindrance.

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Jonathon Reilly, of The Falkirk Herald, was given access to one of Falkirk FC's hot desks. Picture: Michael Gillen.

Such people will naturally find themselves longing to return to a more normal work environment where they can take time to themselves to think clearly and not become distracted by household tasks.

Fortunately, that’s where Falkirk Stadium’s offer comes into play.

Stadium manager Dougie Hanley kindly invited me along to try this out for myself and, as someone who’s worked from home since March, it was a highly welcome and beneficial experience.

Workers who are missing the office environment are invited to make use of a new Hot Desks for Hire offer at The Falkirk Stadium. Picture: Michael Gillen.

Presented with an offer of a free warm beverage of my choosing on arrival, I was escorted to the fully sanitised 1957 Lounge – my makeshift office for the day – where I had a brilliant view of the pitch.

Various hospitality boxes have been transformed into hot desk offices and every level is kitted out with hand sanitisers and floor and wall signage reminding you of social distancing and face mask requirements.

The deal includes access to high-speed Wi-Fi and the stadium cafe which provides a mouth-watering breakfast, lunch and snack delivery service (the Scotch broth and macaroni cheese knocked my usual home-made sandwich out of the park).

Whether you would like a panini, burger or baked potato, there’s something to cater for all tastes.

The Falkirk Herald reporter Jonathon Reilly trying out Falkirk FC's new Hot Desks for Hire offer. Picture: Michael Gillen.

I was asked to either place my order via email or phone, in keeping with the stadium’s Covid-19 safety policy, and the only thing left to do was to start work.

With no delivery drivers at the door to disrupt me, it unsurprisingly proved to be a productive day. I even found the commute there relatively enjoyable!

Throughout November, the stadium is also running a Hot Desk for a Hot Drink offer in which customers who buy a warm beverage from its cafe will be granted a private personal workspace for two hours.

Otherwise, Falkirk Stadium’s hot desks – for single occupancy only – can be secured for £10 for the first hour and then £5-per-hour thereafter, with hire fees payable on the day.

You will be asked to provide contact details to assist with the national Test and Protect system and make payments by card where possible.

Whether you would like to get out of the house for an hour or spend a full day there, the staff, who couldn’t have been more helpful, will be happy to accommodate you.

The change of scenery might just give you that professional kick-start you are looking for during these demanding and uncertain times.

To make a booking, call the team on 01324 618740 or send an email to [email protected]

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