A desk is often a physical representation of the person sitting behind it. When a person spends most of his or her waking hours in the same place day after day, the space begins to take on the person's personality. It almost becomes their alter ego and will tell us far more than their resume or Facebook page ever will. What is your desk telling your boss, co-workers and clients that you would never disclose verbally to them?
All about my family
Having a desk that is filled with family photos, pictures drawn by your kids, handmade gifts and vacation souvenirs lets people know that you are a family-orientated person who wants to be constantly reminded about the family you left at home. This is a positive personality trait and speaks volumes about your dedication to family. However, it may also reveal that you would rather be at home than sitting behind your desk. Some employers may question your dedication to your job. You will be happier with a company that is accommodating when it comes to family obligations.
All about my awards
I worked with an attorney who literally covered every inch of wall space with framed awards, certificates and diplomas. His desk was covered with various awards he had received. He may have intended to make clients feel at ease knowing that he was a highly educated, experienced attorney; however, for some it came across as being egotistical (even though I know there is not an egotistical bone in his body). Rather than overloading your desk with awards and accolades, chose the most relative ones to display your accomplishments.
All about organization
You might think that having a super organized desk and keeping everything in its place speaks volumes about how reliable and conscientious you are at work. However, a desk that is randomly ordered in a disorganized mess reveals someone who can multitask and switch between different tasks easily. This is my personal desk style and co-workers and employers say that I am flexible and adapt quickly to changes.
Just as with actions, your desk speaks more about you than your words. If you want to know what your desk says about you, take a few pictures of your desk and ask family, friends and colleagues what they think the person who sits at that desk is like. You may be surprised to hear their candid remarks when they do not know it is your desk.
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