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Interaction style — Independent: Facing away from each other is a good arrangement when your need for interaction is minimal. It also works best for anyone who finds themselves easily distracted by the movements of another person. Rolling chairs allow you to conveniently scoot across to the other desk if you need to work on anything together.
Storage: The drawers and cubbies to the side of the desks are easily accessible by either person without disrupting the other.
Phone use: If both of you need to use the phone once in awhile, the farther apart you are the better. If both of you need to use the phone a lot, you aren't good candidates for a shared office. You won't be able to hear yourself think if you're both talking at the same time.
Interaction style — Collaborative: Facing each other across a large desk would be a good arrangement for two people who spend most of their time interacting with each other. It can also be a nice arrangement if the two people just particularly enjoy each other's company and are not easily distracted. This would also work better for two people who are not on the telephone much. It would be very uncomfortable for two people on phone conversations at the same time.
Storage: In this office the bulk of the storage space is behind one of the desks. A window is behind the desk on the left. If both people need to access the storage often, it could become annoying to the person nearest the storage to have the other person in their space too often. If you both need access to the same storage, try to locate it where both can reach it without disturbing the other person.
Lighting: Are you both comfortable with the same amount of light? These desks both have ample natural light from the windows and an equal amount of light coming from ceiling fixtures. Desk lamps would affect the light for both people.
Storage: Do you each need your own storage? This office would accommodate people who work collaboratively but have their own separate items to store and access. Providing at least some individual storage is good so that you each have your own pens, stapler, paper — whatever you need very often.
Comfort: What does each person require to be comfortable? Sharing an office doesn't mean that you need to have identical work areas. Each person's desires should be taken into consideration. Not too long ago, I helped clients who had very different needs for comfort but really wanted to share their home office. One felt most comfortable sitting at a desk to do her work and she wanted strong task lighting. Her partner hated sitting at a desk and instead wanted a big comfortable chair to curl up in with her laptop or books — and she wanted soft lighting.
This office might have been designed for a similar couple. There is a desk and chair with a good desk lamp for one person, while there is also a comfortable chair with a side table lit softly from a wall sconce for the other person.
Space requirements: What workspace does each person need? It isn't always identical. Even when two people both use desks and do the same type of work, one may have a style where they like to spread everything out on their desk, while the other likes to keep things more compact. If the person who needs larger desktop area doesn't get it, they may end up spreading out onto the other person's area or onto joint areas, making the other person feel like their space is being invaded. To avoid friction, evaluate workspace needs independently and provide accordingly.