I have never worked at these desks. They're useless for computing, as they're the wrong height. They're useless for explaining things to students, because they aren't designed for two or more people to sit side-by-side. All they're useful for is looking imposing, serving as a place to dump stuff, and creating a barrier between myself and any visitors to the office.
So this summer I decided to replace my wooden desk with a meeting table. (I bought the table a few years ago, back when I had a really large office; the chairs are rejects from the economics department's computing lab). To make room for the table, I'm using a minimalist computer desk.
I love my table. It's a friendly but professional place to meet with colleagues and students. There is enough room for students to get out their papers and laptops. I can sit beside a student and explain a diagram, or a group of students can sit down and have a mini-seminar. And I've got a big, clear space for writing, working on my laptop.
Now that I've got this new office arrangement, I've been thinking, "Why doesn't everyone do this?"