Are you into office-setup porn? Don’t worry, it’s nothing to be alarmed at. I heard the term used while listening to a podcast recently. The discussion was about people’s predilection for viewing each others’ creative office setups. There’s even a site called The Setup, where creatives post details of the equipment they use to get stuff done. And of course, anyone who visits Lifehacker.com will know they regularly feature creatives’ workspaces too.
I guess this fascination comes from our desire to see how others do the tasks that we do, or to learn how we could create a better, more efficient, working environment. And then, of course, there’s the idea of a dream writing-graphic-web development setup. Don’t get me wrong, I love my cosy basement office or my kitchen table. But in my dreams? It would have to be a sunny office in one of the chalets at Haldi ob Schattdorf, overlooking the Reuss valley and Altdorf in Switzerland’s Uri canton. For now, I have to make do with the view from my favourite webcam – and memories of the great times I’ve spent in central Switzerland.
What consistently strikes me about these workstation or setup reviews is the preoccupation with computers, desks, multi-monitor setups and peripherals. Too rarely in my opinion do the authors give sufficient attention to the quality of their office seating. That’s a shame – aafter all, you only have one back and it’s easily damaged…
As a busy Cheltenham copywriter I spend hours at my computer. I’ve blogged previously about my fondness for Norwegian Håg (pronounced ‘Hawg’) office seating. Unlike some so-called ‘ergonomic’ seats, the Håg range really is a treat for your back. So much so, that my Danish chiropractor was so impressed that he re-equipped several practices with Håg products.
That’s why, now that I’m doing more copywriting and editing at a satellite location not far from Portishead’s marina development near Bristol, I’ve invested in another Håg 03 seat. It was a logical decision due to how impressed I’ve been with the Hag 05 and 03 seats in my main office. As ever, I bought my little Norwegian beauty from regular supplier Nigel Eldridge at the Office Backcare Centre in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. I can’t sing Nigel’s praises highly enough. If you’re in the Gloucestershire area (or even if you’re not), have a chat with him about how proper ergonomic office seating can transform your working life.