How much difference does a designated space make?

I’m pretty sure that not having my own designated space would be hard for me. When I worked in an office I was sensitive to where my desk was placed: who was near me, the air conditioner vents, traffic flow, sounds, etc. Now that I work for myself I have my “official” desk in my home office and often enjoy field trips to work in coffee shops. That feels different to me than not having a space the way this article is describing it.

Question for you free agents: How much difference does it make where you work, and whether or not you have a permanent work space? Would love to hear your comments!

Source: Harvard Business Review Daily Stat for MAY 4, 2012

Will You Be Asked to Give Up Your Personal Work Space?
60% of 950 companies surveyed by the International Facility Management Association say they now have unassigned work spaces in their offices, and about half say the number of employees using unassigned desks has risen over the past two years, according to the Wall Street Journal. In an effort to boost creativity and save on space, American Express designates some 20% of the 5,000 people at its New York headquarters as “club” employees, meaning that they’re on site less than full time and work at unassigned desks.

Read more here: Warming Up to the Officeless Office

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