New law case was Re: Office politics

Question:  Last year, some of you might remember I mentioned that I was in an open plan office now. It has been difficult to fit us all in and some areas within the open plan office have opted for this desks that are separated by partitions. For the last two years, I have found a desk arrangement that suits me. My computer table gives me enough room to stock my copy holder, voice stuff, the number part of a keyboard etc. Then on my left I have another table. I have two footstools which are not very comfortable because things don’t much either. My keyboard tray is lower than the monitor bit.
These new desks have very little space and no lower tray etc. They are the wrong height as well. I am having a lot of anxiety about this because I am very unpopular as a result and seen as wanting my own way and being difficult. They want all the furniture to be matching and my area doesn’t match those lovely new coloured partitions. My old boss who was a director actually gave me his desk because it was more suitable for me. I hate middle management, they are so petty. Any advice appreciated

Answer 1:  I can sympathize with you, because as a trained touch typist I know how important the height of a typing desk is – most managers who just hunt and peck a little and don’t sit at a desk inputting all day just don’t realise that the bit of a desk where the keyboard goes SHOULD be lower than an ordinary desk used for writing etc.
When my section boss wanted to replace my lovely dropped-front desk which is the recommended height of 26 inches and replace it with one  that was three inches higher (because the new ones “looked nice” and he wanted them all to match), I got my NHS consultant (who knew a lot about it because he had just the same problems himself with his own hospital management) to write me a letter to my employers stating that I could not possibly manage with this keyboard and it would exacerbate my hand injury. It was a long hard fight but eventually they backed off and I still have my old desk today – if I DO need it any higher there is a small section specially made to fit on top which raises the dropped section to the height of the rest of the desktop. Perhaps you could try something similar?

Answer 2:  Sorry to reply to both addresses. If I just choose Reply the message goes to the rsi-uk.org.uk one, which is I think incorrect.
A student whose career prospects have been ruined (he cannot now pursue his chosen career, his aims were realistic) has won a duty of care case against a vacation employer, quite a large settlement. Relevant to some people here may be the fact that he was not working in a “workplace” as conventionally construed; this is the first time a non-workplace case has been won

Answer 3:  No, it’s correct– that’s why the Reply-To is set to it. “rsi-uk@rsi-uk.org.uk” and “rsi uk@loud-n-clear.net”  both go to the list. It doesn’t matter which you choose, but if you use both, then the message will go out to the list twice.


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