Take a moment and look at your desk. What’s on it? Is it littered with papers and files, or is it neat and tidy? Are the walls as plastered with photos as a street corner is with concert advertisements, or are they bare?
No matter what type of worker you are, your desk says as much about you as your clothes and personal style. If your space looks like a paper swamp, coworkers will assume you’re sloppy and disorganized. If it’s tidy or has more of a controlled chaos feel, you’re more likely to be trusted with important assignments.
Personal objects within a space also say a lot. While it’s good to have some photos and perhaps a funny toy or two, don’t go overboard. You want to project an image of someone who is at work, not at play. Take time to choose just the right things to put at your desk, ones that will give you an emotional boost whenever you see them. Don’t let your space feel too cluttered with personality or it may appear as if you are not focused enough on the job.
On the other hand, having no personal items may work against you. If your desk is indistinguishable from the empty one beside you, people may have trouble locating your space. If you never “move in,” it may seem like you’re transitional and don’t plan on staying with the company. If you’re not into decoration, throw in a photo or two and call it a day, or install a white board to write work notes on.
Another fun way to add personality without going overboard is with a cool lamp. Lamps can be cheap to pick up, make a space feel more comfortable, and add extra light. It can make you feel more at home without over personalizing.
If you want to take a fun quiz to test your desk personality and see what your space may say about you, check out this link from TestQ.