Saturday, July 23, 2011

Desk experiences

My first desk
My first desk
My experiences with office desks have probably been similar to yours.  The first day in a new office I was steered by a supervisor to an unfriendly object and told "That's your desk".

We get into the habit of accepting what we are given.  When you change offices, are promoted and moved up the ladder, the experience is the same - even when you have an office of your own, you may not have had any choice about your desk.

We sit at these desks for long periods of time.  If they are not comfortable we can still feel creaky, even if we take the recommended regular breaks to stretch.

Our legs can feel confined by chests of drawers, we can't quite reach something we need to use, and getting the right working height for the keyboard can seem elusive, even with a modern, adjustable office chair.

When you select your own desk, whether at your office or at home, you have the opportunity to break out of the mold.  Make sure you have a desk that works for you, not against you.

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