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Must haves for desk/office?

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by Rugger, Sep 2, 2012.

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    Was interested in this, and did a little more research after reading the negative review. I'd avoid. These little shrimps have a 10 year lifespan in the wild, but 2 years or less in this "habitat" due to slow starvation and continuous slow rise in ammonia level in the water. Probably not a big deal to most, but I figured I'd throw that out there in case anyone cared.
     
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    Anyone care to snap some shots of their office? Mine is pretty bare, need some inspiration..
     
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    Get some nice vintage desk accessories and a fountain pen.

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    My office is bad and got the office when I got promoted but the furniture has been there for awhile.
     
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    Ask for some furniture from Finn Juhl.
     
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    Thats is some minimalist design and quite $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
     
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    The new iMac and an Aeron chair
     
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    Substitute Aeron for Eames Time Life and I'm on board.
     
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    Here's my list for must haves in no particular order:

    1. A nice mouse. I use a Logitech Performance MX. Retails for $99 but you can get it for around $60. It's wireless, and charges via micro-USB. Great thing is, if it runs out of battery and you've forgotten to charge it, it will still work by attaching the micro-usb cable.
    2. A nice set of headphones. I have my own office, but sometimes I like to blast the music when I get in a groove. I use Audio Technica ATH-M50s. Retail for around $99.
    3. A nice keyboard. I use a Filco Ten-keyless keyboard. I find that the numberpad tends to force you to shift your keyboard to the left a bit, to make room for your mouse. It alters your sitting geometry and strains your wrists. Proper ergonomics says you need to have your hands centered directly in front of you, and if you do that with a keyboard with a numberpad, your mouse is about a foot out to the right. I am not in finance, so I don't need a numberpad 90% of the time, but I have a spare USB numberpad in case I do.
    4. An extra widescreen monitor. I have email inbox permanently loaded on a smaller monitor, and a 24" Dell Widescreen LCD. When I am working on documents, I can have two full pages showing next to each other, which is useful for doing research and writing, inputting changes, or comparing two documents.
    5. I keep an extra umbrella and over-shoes for those days where it's not raining when I've left my apt and I haven't checked the weather.

    Optional:

    1. Topping TP-30 Headphone Amp (for better sound).
    2. Nespresso Pixie Espresso machine. My office only has Flavia, which is totally gross.
    3. Bonsai plant.
     
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    My health improved dramatically after I started keeping water on-hand throughout the day. Its crazy easy to forget to stay hydrated and your work will suffer for it.
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    Nothing.

    Nothing should be kept in your office you can't leave behind or walk away from in case you ever get canned. Boxing your shit and wheeling your designer office chair through the middle of the office that just shit-canned you is not something you want to do.
     
  16. otc

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    Pshaw.

    You shouldn't set up shop, but are you really that paranoid about getting kicked to the curb? Using your chair example (although your employer should be providing a decent chair): If you've got a nice chair that solves your back issues, are you going to bring it and use it or are you going to subject your back to 5 years of trouble just to avoid the off chance that you might be forced to walk it through the halls? Heck, it would make that easier since you could roll your box of personal items around on the chair.

    Being unwilling to have anything personal in a room where you spend ~1/3 of your life seems silly. Getting fired is going to suck no matter what...but for most people with their own office, it's not very likely (they are probably more likely to leave on their own terms).
     
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    We have a "clean desk" rule at work, so I'm not allowed to have anything personal. :-( I've thought about pinning up the citric cycle though.
     
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    Huh...when I worked somewhere with a clean desk rule...it only applied to business documents/notes/etc.

    You could still have your photos stuck to the cube wall and your favorite mug sitting next to your keyboard...but your notes and the copy of this month's report had to be in a locked drawer.
     
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    Nope, you can only have personal items in a drawer. The desk and the walls in the cube has to be clean at the end of the day (i.e. you can have notes/mug/whatever during the day, but it has to be removed at the end of the day. Of course computer/screen/keyboard/mouse can still be there), so anyone would be able to use your desk the following day if they should need it. I don't know why the implemented the rule, there are lots of other places to sit.. but nothing to be done about it really..
     
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  20. otc

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    That's unfortunate...do you work in a call center?

    Actually, now that I think of it, at that old place I wasn't allowed to leave my computer at my desk...keyboard/mouse/monitor could stay, but the laptop itself had to go home or be put in a locked cabinet (and I wasn't allowed to leave the USB security token in the building).
     
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