QUOTE(Mad Tom @ Jul 12 2011, 10:12 AM)
The way it usually works is that the desks (and computers that come with them) are swappable, but each staff member has their own set of (wheelable) drawers or cupboards, with all their personal stuff.
Yep, we each have a 'locker', which is a big cube cupboard. This comes with a box-with-handles type thing in it, handy for putting in A4 paper and carrying stuff to and from your desk each day.
I have always had my own desk up to now, and it is nice having your 'home comforts' around. But as I am now only in the office once a week, it's not really a problem!
Our company does 8-to-10, i.e. we have 8 desks for every 10 members of staff, across all the buildings. Today is Tuedays, when all of our team [8 of us] comes in so we can all see each other (Thursday is most of the team, and the other days are only 2 or 3 people each). It's fine for all of us to come in, the only problem is if every other team decided to do that on the same day as us! Having said that, one of the other buildings is practically empty so if we really got pushed for space we'd just decamp over there for the day!
The other thing to note is that people who do come in every day effectively do have set desks. There is a team table nearby which almost always has the same team sat around it - a new one is going in soon, and our manager has decided that we are going to try to make that our area - so not only can we all be in on the same day, but we can be sitting together 'openly'. Today we are all sat near each other, but the desks are mostly separated by big screens, so for example I can talk to my colleague sat behind me, but the one opposite I can't see!!