Posted on April 9, 2013 by TNS Consulting Team (via Scott Spayd)
Employees typically spend much of their time at their desks working. I often joke that I spend more time at my desk than I do in my apartment. If we are spending so much time at our desks, what is the least we ask from our employers? How about the ability to add a few personal touches.
For most of us, cubicle life is a way of life at the office. This style of workspace can leave us feeling that we work in a box of blandness. There are many organizations out there that do not allow employees to add anything to their work décor. What these organizations don’t understand is how something as small as decorating can significantly impact the psyche of an employee. Although an organization may not think, “We don’t care about you” when they make rules such as no decorating, often this is what employees hear.
There is nothing wrong with organizations giving guidelines when it comes to decorating for safety such as not allowing candles or too many electric devices. But, an organization can help make things fun for employees by encouraging decorating to make one’s workstation feel personal and warm. My coworkers and I added some Christmas decorations this past season and it is amazing how simple decorations can help keep you in spirit during different times of the year.
When I have interviewed with companies in the past, I always took note of what employee workstations at the organization looked like. Many organizations had employee desks with picture frames adorned and there were some that were so bare I wondered if an actual human being worked there. Looking at a potential employer’s workspaces allows for a bit of insight about the organization and what employees value. I have often thought that when I see a manager’s pictures of their children that they must value their home life. Little details can offer a lot of insight into the lives of employees.
What does your organization allow? Do you believe personal items help or hinder employees on the job?