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Staff as part of the office furniture

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recruitment: jobspot

Health and Safety legislation presents something of a moveable feast. Even if your office complies with the letter of the law and introduces all the recommendations of the CIBSE guides on lighting, ergonomics and layout, there is still no reason why an employee should not complain.

So you have Category 3 lighting throughout the office; but if your seat is slightly too low, then the cut-off point for the light is negated.

If your screen is angled the wrong way, because you are left-handed and do not fit into the social fascism of righthandedness, it is easy to suffer from the consequential glare.

All actions have unequal and opposite reactions, and US trends in employee rights are fast becoming a trend in Britain. However, despite an increase in prosecutions of employers by disgruntled employees, it is also the case that employees are more easily mollified. As they become caught up with the minutiae of life at work, so they are more than happy to see themselves as part of the furniture.

Ergonomically designed, compliant furniture, of course.

Do not bother with a pay rise - give your staff a new chair. If it has arms and colourful upholstery, so much the better.

Just watch the look of joy on their faces. Or how about a beautifully designed plastic pen holder? Oh, rapture!

Christmas has come early - they feel wanted. You will have done a great thing. Now they will not mind having to squint.

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