I recently started a new job.
My coworker who sometimes works from home asked me which desk I sit at when he is not there. I told him at the same desk I normally do. He told me that needs to change, and I have to sit at his desk when he's not there because it makes our department look unfriendly when someone isn't sitting close to the door of our room.
I asked if someone said anything and he said not to us but they will talk amongst themselves. Normally it's just the two of us in the room.
I asked our manager if there's a reason I must sit at the desk when the other person isn't there and he said not really as long as someone answers the phone if it rings (which is rare).
If my coworker brings it up again should I just tell him I spoke with the manager?
One of the reasons I would rather stay at my own desk is because all my stuff is there and I would rather not move everything for no good reason. Though there's enough space for just my laptop on his desk, he doesn't fully clean it off and I don't want to be responsible for something happening to an item he has on his desk.