Last year, I sat on a panel led by Knoll with many designers and architects, and we discussed the ratio of people to a desk. Currently in most major companies, the ratio is 2-3 to a desk. In a sales organization the ratio can be as high as 20 employees per desk! Lately, the movement has trended toward an open work environment with several conference rooms and meeting spaces. Last year, we visited Quicken Loans in Detroit, where we saw a completely open concept office with large kitchens, meeting rooms for team work sessions, and smaller rooms for private phone calls. As I look to the future, I see this set up as working well for my own firm. Different size meeting rooms and an open working area make for great working relationships, enabling the creative flow of ideas while stimulating efficiency.
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About the Author
Lynn Drake’s status is well known in the industry: She’s the commercial realtor focused on maintaining “true north” for her corporate clients. It’s a reputation built on 35 years of commercial real estate experience. Lynn became a commercial realtor in 2001 after 15 years in corporate real estate. Thus far in her career, Lynn has successfully completed over 1,500 real estate transactions ranging from small business tenant leases to the sale and purchase of industrial complexes.