Madeline Heinle asked Kathy Moseler, Paradise Robotics

AddedThursday, July 26, 2018 at 2:23 PM

do you have to sit at a desk everyday or are you free to move around through out the day while still completing your work for the day?
I have trouble staying in one place and staying focused for extended amounts of time. As an engineer I want the freedom to move throughout the day but still get work done. As an electrical engineer do you have this problem?
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  • Kathy Moseler , Paradise Robotics
    Answered Friday, March 1, 2019 at 6:48 PM
    Hi! Don't worry, you won't be chained to your desk. Much of the work you will do requires a lot of "thinking" time. Some engineers think by sitting at their desk, looking like they are staring off into space. Others (myself included) think better while walking around or talking to colleagues. Large companies have long hallways and it is usually a pretty long walk to the vending machine or to the bathroom. Often the times I walked the hallways to go to a meeting or to get a snack were my most productive times. If you are lucky enough to work at a company like Facebook or Google, I've heard they have "rest pods" where employees can take "hide" or take a short nap. 
    
    Certainly you will need to dedicate enough time for hard-core coding or design time using computer simulation tools (or just plain paper). If you feel your need for breaks is taking away from the time required to get your work done, you could always plan to come in early or stay a bit later to give yourself the time you need. Your boss won't care about breaks that you take as long as you are producing results. If he/she does care, start looking for another job because that type of attitude by your supervisor will create a hostile work environment in which few people can thrive.