Hi all. We’ve had quite a few new starters in our company recently, and the ugly spectre of ‘hot desking’ has reared its head. At some point in the near future, we may have to strip our desks of all personal items, reducing them to whatever will fit into an easily transportable box that we can store in our lockers. This caused me to regard my desk in more detail than usual, and wonder what its current state says about me as a person.
Here it is, in all its splendour:
Some initial thoughts:
You can tell from all of the mugs/glasses that I use drinks and snacks to punctuate my day – I have a tall, reusable glass just for lattes, an Asana mug (of course) for tea, a mug for filter coffee and a glass for water/squash. I often find it easier to relax and think if I have hot drink to hand. Maybe this means I enjoy pausing for reflection.
I’ve been flustered so many times trying to find a working pen and some paper mid-call, so now I always have them ready beside my monitor. I suppose that reflects some level of careful planning.
The 1980s film alphabet quiz reminds me of my childhood. And now that I’m watching some of those films with my own children, it’s nice to stare at it once in a while.
Speaking of children, I have the obligatory picture of the offspring, on this occasion dressed as medieval characters at the Alnwick Garden. Having them with me at work makes the less interesting days more bearable. This communicates that family is always a priority for me.
I have all of my messy papers gathered in one box, where they will be ignored until I decide to have a spring clean and recycle most of them, ready to be replaced by the next lot. But the fact that they’re in the box and not scattered across my desk reflects well on my tidiness.
I’m pretty tall, so my monitor is elevated on a weird box. Fortunately, this box has a handy drawer, containing all manner of random items – headphones, some loose change, cutlery (because however much cutlery we have in the staff kitchens, somehow there’s always a mass fork shortage!), and emergency sweet treats for when I need a chocolate hit.
Anyway, I was just thinking that you can probably tell quite a lot about someone from looking at their work area, and hot desking might be about to destroy all of that in our office.
What does your work area say about you? Feel free to post pictures.