Your Desk Has Meaning

Stereotyping Your Office:

…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.

2 Replies to “Your Desk Has Meaning”

  1. They don’t list mine either. Messy, disorganised, unsanitary, littered with papers, books all over the place, muscle mags, tetley tea, pepto bismol, slurry, popcorn, can of greek giant beans in tomato sauce, vitamins, breakfast food under the desk, sobeys bags inside sobeys bags, about 4 million paper bags from a&w, inventions that I’ve made, opened hard drives, misc little toys, 4 buckets of slurry under the desk, a box of miscelaneous crap under the desk, posters, signs, broken clock and many drawings of llamas.

    I think it means I’m boring.

  2. And you would have had a lot more stuff (ie appliences) if work didn’t make you remove them.

    You still have that can of Greek Giant Beens pronounced Fassolia. You should try them out and give a review.

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