…the current issue [July 2005] of Psychology Today offers up what your office area says about you.
- Level of Personalization – How much personalizing (i.e., decorating) a worker does to their space indicates the level of security in their environment. They are comfortable enough to make it their own.
- Tidiness – Although we try to hide this by shoving items in drawers, psychologists say this is a personality trait that is extremely difficult to change. A neat and organized desk and workspace indicates a neat and organized person. “No matter how hard people try to clean up, usually they can never fully hide their true nature.”?
- The Empty Desk – Barren work spaces indicate a worker who has little status in the organization and who probably isn’t dedicated to his/her job. These people simply are not committed.
More stereotypes are listed.
They don’t list my desk’s state: messy; disorganized; stacked with books, peanut butter, jam, bread, tins of tuna, cereal bars, and green tea; grocery bag full of empty recyclable juice containers; coffee stains; 25 pens; and bread crumbs.