“The Office Microbiologist”


There are now a lot of people associated with microbiology (managers, admin staff, quality managers, clinical microbiologists, even some clinicians) who spend a significant amount of time each day sitting in front of their computer.

Sure we need this office time to facilitate our jobs, but how much is too much time?

I would say that if you have an eight hour working day, you should probably be spending no more than three hours (maximum four) sitting in front of a computer. And with that computer time, be very focused about what you want to achieve.

If you are spending 6-7 hours a day in front of a computer and think that you have no option in this, then you need to speak to your boss/peers. This is not what microbiology is about. Never has been, and never will be.

I doubt if many innovations or revolutionary ideas are dreamt up whilst sitting in front of a computer. Computers are all about making implementation efficient, but it does little for the creative spirit. In fact, it probably dampens it.

Depending on your job, there are lots of other things that you could be doing during the working day other than sitting at your desk. The most important of by a mile is connecting with people. Few, if any strong working relationships are built in front of a computer screen.

I am as guilty of others of spending too much time in the office on occasion. If you find you are spending most of your day in the office, your seat is probably too comfortable….



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