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    hot desking? do us down...?

    Please have a look at this paragraph.
    I don't understand what "hot desking" is...
    And..."do us down, show us up or knock us back: ourselves."?
    Does it mean it's ourselves who do us down, show us up and knock us back?
    What are the meanings of "do someone down", "show someone up" and "knock someone back" anyway?

    "Work brings its fair share of agony. If it isn't a difficult colleague, its an unscrupulous competitor, or long hours & stressful deadlines. And as Jeremy Bullmore reminds us in this witty, trenchant & worldly wise book, our worst enemy is always waiting for an opportunity to do us down, show us up or knock us back: ourselves. Drawing on his long-running column for Management Today, Bullmore gives us a tour around the whole range of office-related anxieties, from over-friendly bosses to what to do about hot desking; from anxiety over pay negotiations to coping with redundancy. He shows how willingness to consider the other person's perspective & ruthless honesty about ourselves can show the way forward in apparently intractable situations."

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    This term dates from the early nineties. Itís one of a set of words invented to describe aspects of new working practices. In hot desking, also sometimes called location independent working, workers do not have their own desks, but are allocated work space according to their needs, keeping their personal belongings in lockers or filing cabinets when not in the office. The system is heavily dependent on computers to route telephone calls, allocate resources and maintain individual working files.

    The name may derive from hot bunking, the name given to the sharing of sleeping space by sailors on watch in wartime, when as one went on watch another took his place. The system is best suited to firms in which staff spend a lot of time out of the office, for example seeing clients, so that space doesnít have to be kept permanently allocated for them and costs are reduced. Other names for the system are the virtual office and hotelling. The latter can refer to a version in which the building is treated as though it were a hotel without beds, in which all space and facilities for staff are provided against bookings as though to guests; one consultancy firm in the US is reported to have engaged a hotel concierge to ensure that services run smoothly.

    A person who works according to this system is a hot desker; the verb to hot desk is also common.'

    'Do us down' I think just means to denigrate or embarrass us.

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    Re: hot desking? do us down...?

    do down means to speak of sb or sth in a critical or unkind way


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