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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2 Take regular breaks: make tea, take a trip to the water cooler or the canteen - anything that gets you away from your desk for a few minutes will help ease tension.
The visitors' chairs that sit a full five feet away from your desk will help to ensure that.
Regular short breaks along with an hour away from your desk or workstation at lunchtime is ideal, especially considering that British employees work the longest hours in Europe, yet are getting less sleep and rest than they used to do.
Regular short breaks away from your desk at lunchtime is ideal and will enable you to work better.
n Getting away from your desk or workstation for just a quick change of scenery will actually improve your productivity and creativity back at your desk.
True mobility means having access to real-time information and network services at any time, even when away from your desk or workstation," said Steve Saltzman, general manager of Intel's Wireless LAN Operation.