I have been working as a software developer on few places with various office-layout from a small office for 8 people and few rooms nearby to a huge rectangle office with a grid system of tables and chairs with 15 rows and 6-8 places in the each one.
I always try to avoid to work at an openspace office so I always ask to see the workplace and the team I would be working with in the future. If I see the tightly puzzled grid of units with width smaller than one meter for a worker, I am about to escape soon.
Sometimes I am confused about what I can understand as an open space.
- I have been working in the not-too-large office with 20 people including myself - is it an open space? (I think not yet)
- I have been working with the same amount of people in the quite large corner of the L-shaped area (I didn't see people at the other corner, but I heard them sometimes) - is it an open space? (I think it is)
Surprisingly, I fell more comfortable in the first one, where I had a smaller table (maybe because of the fresh air could flow easily).
My question is whether does exist the edge when I can say "Yes, this is an open space" or "No, this is not an open space yet" based on a lot of factors like the number of co-workers sharing the common area, the size of the area and the size of the tables? Or is this decision, on the other hand, based on the subjective feeling only?