I have desk envy! I’ll admit it. They hired a new employee at my organization and she has transformed her office, which is directly across from mine, from a space that once resembled a cardboard box with stadium lighting into a dapper pad swankier than the Pegu Club (one of Rachel Maddow’s self proclaimed favorite lounges). I feel like I should be greasing a doorman and paying a hefty cover to relax in my co-worker’s new digs. Beautiful artwork adorns her office walls. She ditched the fluorescent, overhead bug-zapper light bulbs and instead illuminates her office with green lighting; she installed warm, environmentally friendly bulbs in a hip lamp and strategically placed it to balance the natural light shimmering through her windows. Her office is organized; everything has a logical place in fun, eye-pleasing storage boxes and bins. Soft, soothing jazz tunes stream from her office speakers to set the tone for her workday. Her desk displays a bounty of inviting, healthy snacks upon which she and others graze for extra energy. Every detail is tied together by a decorative theme.
My co-worker is benefiting from her dapper office both personally and professionally. First, she actually looks relaxed in her office. Dappering your desk is a form of self-care in as much as it provides a psychologically comforting personal space. Second, her office paints a picture of the type of person she is: effective, efficient, stylish, confident, warm, thoughtful and inviting. Your business associates can infer correct and incorrect information about the type of person you are based on the condition of your workspace. What does your space say about you? Mine is saying something like “common, utterly forgettable employee who spends her free time knitting hideous sweaters and reading Cat Fancy,” all of which is untrue.