Are you sitting next to a workaholic - or perhaps someone who
just wants to be loved? A report by Adecco Alfred Marks, a UK
recruitment agency, suggests that a person's workspace is a
crucial evidence of his character.
Desks convey character, and you can tell the type of employee
by the type of desk he has, said psychologist Donna Dawson, who
studied more than 500 desks as research for the report. It is
often junior employees who have personal effects on their desk,
but as they go up the company ladder they will remove these
because they get increasingly unwilling to reveal too much
about their characters, she continued.
In her report Ms Dawson identified six main desk types:
1. The super-organised workspace:
This desk is used only for essential office equipment and
is keep immaculately tidy. Such desks indicate employees
who may feel unappreciated and lonely.
2. The organised Chaos desktop:
The desk is buried under piles of paper and miscellaneous
rubbish. This employee is likely to be a good lateral thinker,
although prone to bouts of hysteria.
3. The creative Chaos desktop:
This desk is scattered with books, drawings and notes. The
owner is likely to be constantly in a whirl of activity, and
is creative and unpretentious.
4. The personality extension:
This desk is covered with photographs and personal effects.
Employees with desks like this need constant entertainment
and can sometimes be insecure.
5. The show desktop:
A large desk devoid of any revealing personal effects. This
employee is good at assessing strengths and weaknesses.
6. The trophy desktop:
Each item on this desk is carefully positioned for maximum
effect. Employees with desks like this are usually natural
team leaders, but may sulk if their talents are ignored.
So, which kind of desktop is yours?