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What does your office, cubicle, or desk look like?
In my day job, most of my time is spent in a cubicle in front of a computer monitor and a small portion of my time is spent at home in front of a notebook computer sitting at my coffee table. In the office, I have only a few personal items displayed on my desk. I’m not interested in making my cubicle feel like home or comfortable; it’s a place of work and I don’t particularly want to stay there longer than necessary.
A study shows that having any more than one out of five objects on your desk of a personal nature rather than professional could affect your reputation. American managers in the study show a differentiation between professional and “unprofessional” employees, and expect significantly more personal objects to be on display for those they deem “unprofessional.”
On the other hand, having more personal items on a desk could increase an employee’s level of happiness, which could then result in higher productivity and good performance. In a boring cubicle farm, where everyone’s workspaces are identical by default, increasing the sense of individuality is important to creating a more human environment.
How many personal items on your desk are too many?
Published or updated November 30, 2010. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.