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Coworking spaces offer a variety of work environments. Which means you have some choices to make. Two of the options available are open desks and dedicated desks. The option that works best for you might depend on the nature of your work, how often you want to come into the office, or your work habits.
Here are some thoughts to help you get the most out of your transition from a traditional office to a coworking space.
Reserving an open desk guarantees that you will have a desk to work at, but not a specific desk. A dedicated desk is closer to your desk in a traditional office, a workspace that you can return to each day.
Professionals that work from home, or their local coffee shop, often come to coworking spaces for the professional atmosphere. Open desks provide a productive space for occasional use or the ideal environment to push through that big project.
You might consider a dedicated desk if you are looking for a daily workspace. With secure storage options, you can safely leave computers and tablets at your desk overnight. This can be a deciding factor if your work requires a lot of equipment.
Community is one of the biggest advantages of joining a coworking space. In some ways, your choice of desk determines how you engage in that community.
With no fixed desk, you will have the opportunity to meet a wider range of people. Networking is a natural result of working in a different place, and your relationships will not be tied to one corner of the office.
On the other hand, a dedicated desk will lead to fewer unique interactions. However, you will have a chance to deepen the relationships that you create with people that you see each day.
Some people work in cafes because they enjoy exploring new places or find the background noise helps them focus. If this describes you, then you would likely enjoy the various environments available in coworking spaces. An open desk gives you the freedom to find whatever suits you that day.
Other people need a consistent environment to activate into their “work mode.” If this sounds like you, a dedicated desk will help you leave your distractions at the door and focus on your work.
A coworking space has professional etiquette, so you do not have to worry about unwelcome interruptions. However, an open desk can help you connect with other professionals. Extroverts can flourish in the social atmosphere of a shared workspace that balances focused work and networking.
More introverted workers can socialize in designated areas, like the cafe, knowing that their dedicated desk is waiting for them. Also, a dedicated desk might is a good option for anyone working with sensitive information.
You can access the benefits of a shared workplace with both open and dedicated desks, but your choice will determine how you use and enjoy that workplace. If you are still unsure whether an open or dedicated desk would suit you, or if you would like to explore each in person, then please contact Venture X Canada to book a tour!
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