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What Your Office Workspace Says About You

In Your office workspace, how you keep your desk tidy and organized says a lot about you says a renowned author. A large pile of paper on your outgoing tray does not necessarily mean that you\'re an efficient employee. Try to examine your own workspace; what does it say about you?

In your office workspace, how you keep your desk tidy and organized says a lot about you says a renowned author.  A large pile of paper on your outgoing tray does not necessarily mean that you're an efficient employee.

According to an article "Your Workspace Tells a Tale", your workspace and your communication style tell a tale about you.  Your desktop, the pictures you select for your office wall, snapshots, plants and even the way you dress are telltale characteristics a sharp observer takes in order to read your personality type.

You can use the same techniques to read the personalities of your boss and your coworkers, and adjust how you communicate with them to improve your efficiency and productivity says an author.   According to a renowned author there are four broad categories.  No one fits into a single category exactly.  However, everyone has a predominant personality that fits mainly one of the four categories and displays characteristics from the others. 

Try to examine your own workspace; what does it say about you?

  • The team mates communicate more with their hearts than their heads.  They are people you instinctively want to trust because they profess strong value. Everyone considers them to be nice people.  They often take on more work than they can handle; have a reputation for arriving late.  Their workspace:  Snapshots of birthday, family, babies and parties are displayed on their desks.  You'll see plants on a table.  Because they're forever behind schedules, their workspaces often look disorderly.  Although it certainly may not look like it, they know exactly where everything is.

             The team mates table

             

  • The socializers enjoy jobs that challenge their creativity.  They are excitable and intense, pleasant to be around, they are attractive and friendly.   Their workspace:  Framed awards and certificates of recognition hang prominently on the wall. Paper works and catalogs are neatly filed.
  •  The organizers tend to over arrange everything they do, even how they talk about a subject.  You have a sense that anything you say will be measured, analyzed and dissected.  Their workspace:  Nothing out of place, no messy scattered papers, too.  They'll take out a piece of work, deal with it and then store it, that's why the office seems almost barren.  Pictures?  Maybe just one.

              An office table that is almost barren

             

  • The take-charge people dominate almost every conversation and usually have an opinion about everything. They press you to get to the point so that they can get on to something else.  Their workplace:  Look for framed certificates of achievements; pictures of them landing the largest shark.  Piles of documents and printouts are stacked everywhere- on the desk and on the floor.

             Framed certificates of achievement

            

Resource: 

                   Kelleghan, Kevin, "Your Workspace Tells a Tale."  from Office Hours, The Economics Press, 99

         

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Interesting! My workspace is confusing, even to me. ;)

Thanks for dropping by.

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