By Christian Balmaseda
Most New Yorkers spend more time at our desks than we do at home. Whether you are writing in a newsroom, preparing a deposition for court, or selling stocks on Wall Street, your home away from home is reflective of your personality – that is, if you believe psychologists. Most psychotherapists will give you the big picture when it comes to relating your habits to your environment. In simple terms, how you organize your desk or office reveals details and insight into how you think.
So what does your office or desk say about you?
Here are some answers 212Access gathered from talking to several psychologists and psychotherapists.
Does your office or desk have personality? Is it fun to sit in it? You’re probably the type of person who is always looking for ways to spice up your life. Chances are you are probably also a workaholic. You look for variety to break up your workday and more importantly; you want to have fun all the time. You are most likely an individual who would prefer to meet a client over lunch rather than be stuck in a boardroom. If you want to score points with this person, be the fun guy and crack jokes.
We all know that one co-worker whose desk is a shrine to their family and friends. Maybe you are the one in the office with the desk covered in wedding photos, birthday cards, and drawings from your children. It’s okay. Nothing wrong with this, but pscychologists will tell you this is likely the last person to arrive and first person to leave. It doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing if you work in a flexible work environment. If you want to score points with this person, bring up family matters. If you want to secretly win them over, share a personal family problem and let them give you advice.
Do you have a gym bag on the floor? Is a yoga mat under your desk? Yup, this is an easy one. You’re probably fit and we are all jealous. If you want to bond with this person, ask them to go with you to the gym after work. If the boss is the one with the gym bag on the floor, ask him or her about their favorite class.
Do you have personal items sprinkled around your office? Believe it or not, you are probably expressive. Sure, some people may say they are shy, but psychologists say it is possible to be shy and expressive at the same time. You’re shy until you feel comfortable, but then you start to reveal your true self. These types of personalities need to socialize with others and they are easily inspired by their environment, which includes co-workers. If you’re lacking in the creative front, you may want to ask to sit next to this person.