Our company is looking at implementing an "Agile Workspace" initiative whereby:
1) You do not have an assigned desk. You simply "book" one each day and you sit anywhere in your department
2) You work from home at least once a week
The idea, if not obvious, is that this cuts down on the amount of real estate we need to take up, thus reducing costs. I hear all sorts of positives about this idea--staff get freedom to chose where they sit, staff are more collaborative, staff can concentrate on work better at home, rather than being interrupted, etc.
However, I am concerned about how this affects relationships. I often hear Mark talk about the study where being on another floor affects the relationship as much as being in another state. I am worried that the relationships with my directs will suffer. If they end up being further away from me because either the seats around me are taken up by the time they get in or the seats around them are taken up when I get in, I feel workflow/productivity will suffer (e.g. it's easier for me to communicate with someone next to me rather than him/her being across the room).
Has anyone tried this type of initiative and what was the result as far as staff relationships go and productivity? And, where can I find that study about how a relationship is affected by being on another floor?