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To help you understand how computer desks in Auckland have evolved from earlier models, here is a timeline to give you a vivid picture:

Early 1900s: During this time, the first office space design was established. At that time, office design was driven by efficiency. The employees were crowded together in an open space each with their own individual desks to serve as a workstation. Meanwhile, the bosses were located in separate and private offices wherein they could supervise their employees. This setup is quite similar to a factory floor.

1960s: For several decades, the office space design introduced in the early 20th century became a staple. It was in the 1960s when a new office landscape was introduced to the scene. At this point, there was a socialist value added to the design concept for work spaces. The workstations were arranged according to function, such as those that worked on clerical matters were located next to each other, and so forth. The idea behind this particular office design was to make project coordination easier for those working on the same set of tasks.

1968: This time period signaled a major shift in office design. A product was introduced into the workplace that featured low dividers and permitted a more flexible work station: the cubicle. In fact, this product remains in production today and some office spaces still use it.

1980-1990: During this time period, the office design concepts shifted often. The cubicle concept introduced in the late 1960s was taken to a new level; this time, modular walls were built in between cubicles. But this was not the most efficient design as employees felt isolated at work. Thus, a new concept of a virtual office was introduced by some companies around the early 1990s. It was a completely alien experience at that time and caused productivity level to take a nosedive.

Late 1990’s to Present: Even though office desks and workstation designs are still evolving to this day, employees have come a long way as far as taking into account the needs of employees. This is evidenced by the rise in availability of ergonomic chairs and workstations in the market. Furniture designers have also been more open to the idea of encouraging sociability among employees. Hence, cubicles are rarely seen in modern office designs today. The use of semi-enclosed pods, separate work areas (instead of dividers), and adjustable desks are pretty common.

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