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Office desks are not what they used to be and that’s a good thing.

As a young child (a long long time ago, I might add) I used to hang around my father’s office whenever he had to do a bit of work on the weekend. He worked for the local government and was a man of some influence. I still remember his work desk like it was yesterday.

He had a glass top on his table which had underneath an assortment of pictures of his children along with the business cards of a few important associates; there was typewriter with a big stack of paper in a tray beside it; there was a collection of stamps and stamp pads saturated with ink; and the classic two level document tray, one for incoming and one for outgoing documents. His staff had pretty much the same setup with minor differences depending on their official capacities.

Today, I find myself in a similar role as the Marketing and Creative Manager for CLEAR but my table is radically different from my father’s: I have an iMac with a wireless keyboard, a pen and tablet, and an IP phone that allows me to talk to anyone in Australia like they were just next door.

That’s about it.

Make no mistake however: I am well-equipped to do my job and do it well.

But now, instead of a typewriter I have MS Office for my word processing, spreadsheets instead of calculators, and presentation requirements; I have a contact management application to organise the contact details of the people I work with; and dozens of other programs which make my work easier, faster, and fun. We also work with our clients in real time, thanks to fast internet.

The evolution of the desk through the use of great technology is why outsourcing is now a viable option for so many business. Businesses can still meet all their office demands, but the physical presence of a staff member in front of them is not necessary. This is the reason why a lot Australian businesses are now running their entire back office from the Philippines.

So, what does your office desk look like these days?