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What Your Desk Says About You

WHAT YOUR DESK (-) SAYS ABOUT YOU Whether you're working in a cubicle or corner office, your workspace is a reflection of your personality and your work style. Is there a correlation between the objects on your desk and the type of worker you are? We think so. Take a look to see which one of these workers you relate to. YOUR DESK ACTUALLY SAYS A LOT. 57% NEARLY HALF of American workers admit they judge their coworkers by how clean or dirty they keep their workspaces. say they have been "appalled" by how messy coworkers' offices are. 90% 77% believe clutter has a negative impact on their work. say clutter damages their productivity. THE MINIMALIST Less is more, and that's how the Minimalist lives and works. This worker is practically a ghost, taking long lunches, ignoring emails, and working in a space so bare that everyone forgets who works there. Telltale Signs: Mostly empty workspace, with only a computer, keyboard, and mouse-no décor, no pencils, and no signs of life. Work Style: The Minimalist is a fan of doing the bare minimum at all times, which applies to everything from communication to performance. The Minimal ist is known for last-minute reports, silence during meetings, and dirty dishes left in the office sink. Reported to HR for: Looking for another job while on the clock. THE HOARDER The Hoarder's workspace is on the verge of being condemned. This worker wants everything in the office, whether it's another project or the last cup of coffee. On the upside, the Hoarder can survive any apocalypse, thanks to a stockpil ed cubicle. Telltale Signs: Sky-high paper stacks, overstuffed drawers, rubber-band balls, old take-out receipts, half-filled coffee mugs, and meeting notes from 10 years ago. Work Style: The Hoarder wants a hand in everything, constantly contributing unsolicited opinions and volunteering for every committee (as president, of course). The Hoarder is known for writing novel - length emails, storing lots of leftovers in the office fridge, and scolding others for throwing away broken keyboard mice. Reported to HR for: Cubicle becoming a fire hazard. THE DOCUMENTARIAN The Documentarian's workspace is a shrine honoring every life event. This worker loves to preserve memories, but don't get on his or her bad side-or cut in line at the copier. (Remember: The Documentarian never forgets.) Telltale Signs: Tons of photos, cards, knick-knacks, school diplomas, child art, and awards. Work Style: The Documentarian is a team player who considers even a business lunch to be a cherished memory. This worker is happy to help out on any project and always remembers the receptionist's birthday. The Documentarian is known for handing out triple copies of every document, email ing cat videos, and telling endless anecdotes about recent vacations taken. Reported to HR for: Keeping a confidential email in a decorative frame. THE TECHIE No matter what the job, the Techie is equipped with every piece of technology invented to "increase productivity" (aka, do the job for them). The Techie's workspace looks impressive. His or her quarterly results? Not so much. Telltale Signs: Sharper Image astronaut pen, multiple LCD computer monitors, and an abundance of gadget chargers. Work Style: The Techie is never available to help out because this worker is too busy video-conferencing, "optimizing" workflow documents, or secretly playing video games. The Techie is known for using lots of buzzwords in meetings, creating impressive PowerPoint presentations, and complaining about the lack of Wi-Fi in the bathroom. Reported to HR for: Causing a power surge after plugging in a 15th device to an extension cord under the desk. THE SICKIE OUT SICK The Sickie is a decent worker-when he or she actually shows up. This delicate flower takes more sick days than anyone else in the office, thanks to allergies, food poisoning, or whatever new epidemic is making headlines. The Sickie workspace is a quarantined environment, and you'll be reminded every time you pass by. Telltale Signs: Erg onomic chair, key board, and mouse; gallons of hand sanitizer; multiple air purifiers; and a lifetime supply of tissues. Work Style: The Sickie can mostly handle the workload, but not if he or she has recently encountered dairy, scented soap, polyester, and possibly water. The Sickie is known for posting reminders about hand washing, stocking the office first-aid kit, and providing too much information about his or herlatest ilIness to anyone nearby. Reported to HR for: Overdosing on cough syrup. THE ZEN MASTER The Zen Master is a cal ming presence in the office, with a desk that's more of a spa than a workspace. But that positive vibe isn't always productive, like when the Zen Master's "focus on the present" vibe conflicts with your big presentation tomorrow. Telltale Signs: An abundance of plants, tabletop Zen garden and fountain, goldfish, and inspirational posters. Work Style: The Zen Master is an eternal optimist, giving positive feedback and green-lighting everyone's ideas. But this laid-back personality doesn't take deadlines very seriously-unless it's to sign up for the company retreat. The Zen Master is known for emailing everyone inspirational stories, walking around barefoot, and organizing lunchtime yoga. Reported to HR for: Meditating during a client meeting. No matter what type of desk you work at, Marketo's marketing software can help you increase the effectiveness of your sales and marketing teams to drive more revenue. Download the Definitive Guide to Marketing Automation today to learn more: www. Marketo

What Your Desk Says About You

shared by Marketo on Jul 31
Fifty seven percent of American workers admit they judge their coworkers by how clear or dirty they keep their workspaces, according to a recent survey. Whether you are working in a cubicle or a corne...



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