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.
“Walk into any company and the chances are you will find people whose desks are all very differently organised,” said Andy Haywood, joint managing director of officebroker.com.
“While some companies might in fact employ a policy or have a culture of desk etiquette, it seems the majority simply leave desk decorating decisions down to the individual employee.
Louise Weston, a business psychologists working with Pearn Kandola, said: “You can certainly gain some insight into an individual’s personality and what motivates them by looking at how they organise their desk. In fact, it can even give managers a quick snapshot into how to best motivate members of their team.”
Pearn Kandola and officebroker.com offer the following examples:
- A person who displays targets or┬áproject charts on or around their desk is┬áoften highly motivated┬áby achievement┬áand by setting goals for themselves.
- Those with pictures of their family┬áor friends on their desk and an array of┬ápersonal paraphernalia┬átend to be more┬ápeople focused and are motivated by┬átheir relationships both inside and┬áoutside of the work place.
- Employees who have screen savers or┬ácalendars depicting tropical beaches tend┬áto be more hedonistic. They seek pleasure┬áin every opportunity, perhaps preferring┬áto meet clients over lunch at a nice┬árestaurant, for example.
- People with ‘stylish’ desks, perhaps┬áwith an Apple Mac on it because they┬á’like the design’, or with stylish flowers┬áor plants tend to be motivated by culture┬áand the environment in which they work.
- Desks without any personal objects┬áare often the preserve of the introvert -┬áthese people might even use files to create┬áa barrier around themselves and their┬áwork. They prefer their desks to face into┬áa wall rather than out into the office.
- Conversely, people who use their┬ádesks to display their personalities tend┬áto be more extrovert and may even have┬ájoke calendars or desk top toys to draw┬ápeople over to their work space and create┬áa talking point. These types of people┬áprefer desks facing out to the rest of the┬áteam.
- A neat and tidy desk is often a sign┬áof a highly conscientious individual -┬ásomeone who is well organised and┬áprefers to focus on one thing at a time.┬áA more spontaneously organised┬ádesk shows someone who is good at multi┬átasking and can switch between different┬átasks quite quickly and easily. They tend┬áto be flexible and creative in their┬áapproach to work.