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Workplace desks - how to pick the right design…

Jun 28, 2018

Workplace desks are the mainstay of any office – whether that’s in a purpose built and designed office or a spare room in your home. But picking the right one isn’t just about cost, or even size… it’s about how you’re going to use it.

Workplace desks are the mainstay of any office – whether that’s in a purpose built and designed office or a spare room in your home. But picking the right one isn’t just about cost, or even size… it’s about how you’re going to use it.

So how do you pick the right workplace desks for your staff and yourself? We thought we’d give you a few pointers…

Is comfort AND wellbeing important?

The answer to that is yes, of course, but we had to ask the question. Good workplace desks have been ergonomically designed. This means they can be adjusted to suit an individual’s height, weight, and usage. Whatever your staff spend most of their time doing, their workplace desks need to aid this… not hinder it!

Do you have heavy-duty computer users who need computer desks?

People who use computers a lot in their jobs needs workplace desks that are designed accordingly. They need to be large enough to accommodate a monitor (maybe two), a keyboard, a mouse mat, often filing trays, and other paperwork etc. The positioning of each item needs to work for the person sitting down to work. And, of course, the desks need to cater for cabling and power to reduce trip hazards to a minimum, as well as keep things tidy.

Do you have staff who shuffle paperwork all day?

Sounds a bit old fashioned in this age of technology, but there are still job roles that have piles of paper all around. Workplace desks that help keep these people organised and uncluttered are what’s needed. This may be through the shape of each desk, or the way that multiple workplace desks fit together. It’ll depend on how your work processes flow. But you get our drift…

Do your managers regularly host one-2-ones at their workplace desks?

If one-2-one huddles are a regular feature of an individual’s job, then you need to look at workplace desks that make this easy. Conference desks are often good, or L-shaped desks. Designs that enable meetings at one end, and desk work at the other. That way, the manager can focus on whatever task/meeting is at hand and not be distracted.

Do you have people chatting on the phone all day?

People who spend a significant amount of their time on the telephone need workplace desks that enable them to sit comfortably AND reach for information etc. Drawers should be easy to reach to grab a pen. Chairs with armrests should fit under the desk when not in use. And don’t forget that people still want to be able to type as they talk … There’s quite a bit to think about here.

A final thought: What extra storage complements workplace desks well?

Small storage spaces are critical for keeping your employees organised and you sane.  So good workplace desks can accommodate a desk pedestal underneath, or will have nicely sliding, lockable desk drawers built in. Don’t miss that trick!

If you’d like to find out more about which workplace desks you should consider, or perhaps you just need a few ideas… give us a ring. We’d love to tell you about all the fabulous options out there!

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