Where you sit can affect how you work – and not always in the way you’d imagine.
My friend David Bradfield recently posted on his Facebook page:
From corner office to collaborative workspace… these are my new digs. Dig!
When I started working it was in a very large open plan room. Everyone had a desk and there were “pods” of four desks shoved together across the floor. The MD had a pseudo office – glass wall; no door – but lots of other practice group MDs were in amongst the rest of the staff as well.
When I move to Canada, I was given an office and at FH/iStudio I eventually battled my way into an office with a window while at com.motion I was lucky enough to have a spacious corner office with room for a table and chairs.
At DDB Toronto, it’s a different ballgame. It’s back to the open plan room with desks and two-man pods. I spend most of my day looking at this guy.
It was a definite adjustment to get used to the more collaborative, open work space and I still miss being able to do yoga positions while on conference calls. However my lack of physical wellbeing and inner calm is more than outweighed by being in amongst the team, to get a feel of the workflow, to get the rhythm of the team – and, importantly, to see how they are coping and being able to reassign projects based on workload. I love the informality and added creativity of being able to jam on ideas by just, you know, initiating a conversation. Hopefully I’ve positioned my monitors so no one can see I’m writing this blog post!
What do you think? How do you prefer to work – corner office or mosh-pit? Collaboratively or segregated?
For a bit of an office tour, check out a recent DDB Toronto profile in the Globe and Mail – Amazing Space.