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Video clip: Hot-desking meant Sue did not have the desk and chair set-up she needed, but a change of office and DSE assessment helped her manage her back problems.

And so I didn't have a specific desk I would work at, it wasn't ergonomically set up. And I found it quite difficult - you know - coming in, not knowing where I would be, whether the chair would work for me, you know, whether I could make the adjustments that I potentially would need. So it, it took me a wee while to, to just realise I just had to, had to voice some of these concerns and say "Actually, I need to know where I'm going to be working, and I need to know that there's going to be a chair that's suitable for me." And they did - or certainly the first part of that was, need was met in the sense of I was allocated a space I would be working at each week. But it then took me a much longer time really, to get to the point where I said "Actually, I'm suffering, and I need some help with sorting out, you know, a better chair and a better desk, and those kind of things." I went - we moved office.

Well it was better in that I got a better chair and a better desk. So ergonomically it seemed, it seemed a better set-up. But yeah, because of - And we did, eventually we turned my desk around, when - when I got to the point of realising that it wasn't working [laugh] You know, with the help of occupational health. And I've since moved office again, and my set-up now is much better. And has been for several, several years. So I now have a, it's - I can't remember what it's called. But it's, you can basically stand up and work. It's not a, it's not a desk that raises up, but it's a gadget that you attach to a desk, that you can lift up, and it'll stay in position and you can stand and work.

Okay. So it raises the keyboard and monitor and everything?

Yes. Yeah. Yeah. And that works well. So it means that I can, you know - I probably use it for a third of the day. And that, that significantly helps. It still hasn't solved the problem. [Laugh]. Yeah. I mean physically I'm not - I'm not really designed to sit at a desk all day [laugh]. And when I'm not at work, I don't really have the problems I have, doing an office job.