After giving quite a few tours of the Atlanta Tech Village, and talking about the coworking areas with private offices, one of the more common refrains is that people don’t like working in a large open area with 20 other people around them. More specifically, they’d prefer to share a private room with just their colleagues that’s in an area that has the amenities and surroundings of a large coworking space. My understanding, not having worked in a big open area, is that noise and distractions become more pronounced the larger the area, as you would imagine.
One of the questions we’re researching is what’s the balance between communal desks and private offices. Here are a few questions:
- What percentage of the space should be communal desks vs private offices of different sizes?
- How much more are companies willing to pay for a private office that seats 2-5 people?
- How many companies will get both communal desks and a private office that they coordinate sharing internally?
With a target community of tech companies, satellite offices for tech companies headquartered elsewhere, startups, creative people, and professionals that serve the tech community, there’s a range of desires. My guess is that companies want more private space in the facility of a larger community.
What else? What’s a good balance between desks and private offices in a coworking space?