WHAT do you see when you picture an office? A Dilbert-like sea of cubicles, a bulletin board plastered with outdated memos, a dreary lunchroom? Chances are, you can also picture the standard work space there, whether it is one of those cubicles, a desk out in the open or, for the lucky ones, an actual office.
That type of workplace is alien to a growing number of workers. In industries from technology to finance to sales, nonassigned work spaces — also known as nonterritorial work spaces, mobile platforms and hot desks — are gaining popularity.