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The Evolution of the Office Desk

Productivity - in an office, it can be a difficult thing to balance. So many different aspects of office life can disrupt your team’s productivity. Fortunately there are changes that you can make to help counter these disruptions, however the right solution depends entirely on your business, and the type of team you are looking to nurture. For example does an open plan office encourage collaboration, which leads to more creative ideas, or does it promote conversation, making it hard for people to properly concentrate? To find the solution that’s right for you, it’s important to consider the needs of your whole team.

Desks, on the other hand, are very unique to an individual. If you look around a typical office, you will no doubt see messy desks, tidy desks, desks covered in toys, among others. Since the 1960s, desks have changed drastically, as have the things that you will typically find on them. From your traditional desk, complete with typewriter and rolodex, to the ‘play room’ with its endless scope for customisation of space, the main aim has been to find a desk that helps improve efficiency so you can focus on the important things, like organising your office insurance, or paying your staff.

Take a look at the infographic below and see how office desks have evolved across the decades.