away from (one's) desk

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away from (one's) desk

Not at one's desk at a particular time. This phrase is typically said in an office environment on another person's behalf (as by a receptionist or assistant). I'm sorry, Mr. Medina is away from his desk right now. Can I take a message?
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*away from one's desk

Fig. not available for a telephone conversation; not available to be seen or spoken to. (Sometimes said by the person who answers a telephone in an office. It means that the person whom the caller wants is not immediately available due to personal or business reasons. *Typically: be ~; Step ~.) I'm sorry, but Ann is away from her desk just now. Can you come back later? Tom has stepped away from his desk, but if you leave your number, he will call you right back.
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Amanda Murphy said: "We are encouraging employees to take time away from their desks each day and undertake some physical activity.
JEDDAH: The education minister on Saturday set a 100-day deadline to shake up teaching in the Kingdom, encouraging leaders in the sector to get away from their desks and out of the office.
"Throughout the course of an eighthour shift, the typical movements away from the desk can be to get a biscuit from the kitchen, to go to the loo or to go for a cigarette." Firstsource staff will now be able to enrol on a 12-week fitness challenge, designed to get them away from their desks and working together to become "fitter, healthier, happier and more productive".
The study authors also urged office employers to be understanding about staff taking short breaks away from their desks.
Breaks at Plymouth city council can be tracked as staff have to log out of their computers when they are away from their desks.
4 R29ers call this The Library and use it as a casual meeting space to get away from their desks.
"Taking your dog to work is an excellent idea as it gives people a reason to step away from their desks and get outside into the fresh air for a break," said Linda Blair, clinical psychologist and author of The Key to Calm.
Some analysts said investors shouldn't read too much into the lackluster start to the year because trading volumes were below normal with many participants still away from their desks.
In addition to simplifying legal document management, the integrations also ensure secure mobile management of legal documents, enabling legal professionals to remain productive when away from their desks.
WORKPLACE 'presenteeism' is rife across Birmingham, with more than half of employees in large businesses discouraged from working away from their desks.
The mobile offerings of tibbr, including its geolocation features, were important to InterPortPolice, because its law enforcement officers are away from their desks 90 percent of the time.
When asked about situations where they were likely to use the mobile device when away from their desks, respondents could select up to three of the eight choices provided.
Workers who skip lunch and don't take time away from their desks in the middle of the day are likely to become less productive as the day wears on and are also taking risks with their health." |
It's amazing to think that a majority of the country is silently seething about the amount of time smokers spend away from their desks," the Daily Express quoted Watch My Wallet spokesman Sean O'Meara as saying.