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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ua Move your bin away from your desk so you have to get up to put something in it
Jane Abbott, Benenden's hospital director, says: "Getting away from your desk refreshes the mind and gives you time to refocus on the afternoon ahead."
3) Go on the move: Have your lunch away from your desk in a new environment to gain a real break.
A Move away from your desk every 20 minutes; take a comfort break, use the stairs whenever possible and do a few minutes stretching.
If you schedule 2 to 4 short breaks of 5 to 10 minutes each day and walk away from your desk, it can boost your productivity level to a great extent.
You can also have your computer run any of about 40 similar programs while you're away from your desk, data-crunching everything from molecular biology to climate modeling.
"Look after your personal property while you are at work, taking particular care when you are away from your desk over the lunch-time period.
If you are into your job you just do not walk away from your desk if you have got something to finish.'
Strive to overcome any bad habits you may have formed, such as spending too much time away from your desk, visiting with co-workers, or making personal phone calls.
"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.
"And do look after your personal property while you are at work, taking particular care when you are away from your desk over the lunch-time period.
Try eating away from your desk. Buy antacids if the pain feels acidic, or peppermint oil capsules if it's a cramping type.
* Changing your scenery - take regular breaks away from your desk to improve concentration, overall health and colleague interaction.
The visitors' chairs that sit a full five feet away from your desk will help to ensure that.