What Does Your Desk Say About You???
Online office broker, officebroker.com which works with 97 per cent of the UK’s serviced office space providers and landlords, has joined forces with leading business psychologists Pearn Kandola to find out what your desk really says about you.
- A person who displays targets or project charts on or around their desk is often highly motivated by-achievement and by setting goals┬áfor themselves.
- Those with pictures of their family or friends on their desk and an array of personal paraphernalia tend to be more people focussed and are motivated by their relationships both inside and outside of the workplace.
- Employees who have screen savers or calendars depicting tropical beaches tend to be more hedonistic – for them motivation is all about the pleasure principle. They seek pleasure in every opportunity, perhaps preferring to meet clients over lunch at a nice restaurant, for example.
- People with ‘stylish’ desks, perhaps with an Apple Mac on it because they ‘like the design’, or
with stylish flowers or plants tend to be motivated by culture and the environment in which they work.
- Desks without any personal objects are often the preserve of the introvert – these people might
even use files to create a barrier around themselves and their work. They prefer their desks to
face into a wall rather than out into the office.
- Conversely, people who use their desks to display their personalities tend to be more extrovert and may┬áeven have joke calendars or desk top toys to draw people over to their work space and create a talking point. These types of people prefer desks facing out to the rest of the team.
- A neat and tidy desk is often a sign of a highly conscientious individual – someone who is well organised and prefers to locus on one thing at a time.
- A more spontaneously organised desk shows someone who is good at multi tasking and can switch between different tasks quite quickly and easily. They tend to be flexible and creative in their approach to work.
“From a motivational perspective, managers should look at a person’s desk to determine how to get the best out of that individual,” says Louise Weston, business psychologist at Pearn Kandola.