A recent survey of 400 multinational corporations found that two-thirds plan to implement shared-desk workplaces by 2020.
But research shows these arrangements have a range of outcomes, many of which are negative.
A recently published study of 1,000 Australian employees found that shared-desk environments had a number of problems.
These included increased distrust, distractions, uncooperative behaviour and negative relationships.
On top of this, there was a decreased perception of support from supervisors.