Office Workstations

Written by Gregg Ruais
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Office workstations are available in a wide variety of sizes and styles. Some companies choose the most basic cubicles for their employees, while other businesses want their workplaces to look as contemporary as possible. The large selection of workstations is due to different employees and companies having varying needs. The appropriate workstation really depends on the corporate culture and what the individual worker needs to complete his or her job.

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Various Workstations

An employee whose sole responsibility is data entry might need only a very narrow workstation. If the person does not need filing cabinets, will not have to fill out paperwork, and can do his or her job on one computer without anything else, then providing that employee with an L-shaped desk and a large work area will be a waste of space and money. Some workstations are just wide enough for a computer and some additional arm space on the sides.

A manager who must keep departmental records, sign invoices, and perform basic computations will need additional desk space. He or she will require filing cabinets, which can be purchased separately or as part of the workstation. An example of someone who needs more desk space than most people would be an architect, who needs a hard surface on which to draw blueprints.

Another factor to consider when purchasing workstations for a company is privacy. Employees can practically hide in the tallest cubicles. The question is, should everyone have privacy, or will employee seclusion hinder productivity?

Supervisors who will be writing confidential emails or preparing employee reviews might need privacy, but other workers might take advantage of the high cubicle walls by surfing the Internet all day. Many creative professionals feel more comfortable writing copy or designing websites when they know that other people cannot see their monitors. Selecting the right workstation is not difficult, but making the wrong decision can definitely hurt the work environment.

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