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Physical Requirements

I saw this the other day in a job description and it really depressed me. I won’t call out the company—I’m sure there’s some legalese that requires them to include this. Still, this is more aptly named “health risks” than “physical requirements.”

Here’s how I might rewrite this if it were my job ad:

Physical requirements:

I’m not sure if I’m an idealist or just cynical. Either way, I’m convinced that computers — and more specifically, software — cause as many problems as they solve at work. Nothing creates more stress for me than dinging notifications and fragmented communication.

Every knowledge industry job has physical requirements. And in almost every case, that requirement is to finish your work efficiently so you can minimize the damage of staring at a screen all day.