Ahead of the game your desk image is where its at

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You'd probably think twice about turning up to the office looking messy, untidy and altogether unclean, but are you as conscientous when it comes to your desk?

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Ahead of the game your desk image is where its at

  1. 1. Ahead of the game / Your desk image is where it’s at Page 1 of 2Your desk image iswhere it’s at To really get to the bottom of what it takes to stay ahead of the game in today’s ultra-competitive market, Office Angels asked its very loyal - and reassuringly diverse - clients and candidates for their valuable, knowledgeable and altogether informed opinions; and we’re bringing you the results in the form of some incredibly useful little articles. To find out more about how to stay ahead of the game visit our website: www.office-angels.com/aheadofthegame.Follow us on:www.office-angels.com
  2. 2. Ahead of the game / Your desk image is where it’s at Page 2 of 2 Your desk personalityYou’d probably think twice about turning up tothe office looking messy, untidy, and altogether Work out what message you’re sending to the rest of the office by pinpointing your very own desk style:unclean - at least we hope you would - but are • Organised: A clear and organised desk suggests thatyou as conscientious when it comes to your you’re conscientious, prefer to focus on one thing at a time,desk? and are altogether well organised yourself. • Motivational: If you’re surrounded by project charts or targets, you’re probably motivated by achievements and goals.Your desk is where it’s at • Personable: If you’ve got photos of family and friends onYour desk can say as much about you as the way that you your desk, you’re likely to be a people person, motivated bydress: towers of paperwork, scatterings of pens, post-its and relationships in and out work.gadgets, and a surface adorned with dirty dishes all scream • Fun: If you’ve got calendars or screen savers showing exotic‘disorganised’ in the best instance, and ‘couldn’t care less’ in places and tropical beaches, you’re probably focused onthe worst. the fun factor. In work, this could translate into a penchant for meeting clients over lunch at nice restaurants.Our own research shows that 26% of employees think it’scompletely unacceptable to have an untidy desk - a view • Trendsetter: If you’ve got an Apple Mac because youshared by 21% of employers. And while some employers ‘like the way it looks’ (and if so, lucky you), or your deskmay be too preoccupied with their mounting workloads to is adorned with tasteful objects, you’re more likely to bedo anything about untidy workspaces, when they need help motivated by the culture and surroundings of your office.with an important project - one that calls for a certain level • Meek and mild: An office desk without personal bits andof organisation - the person with a bomb site for a desk is pieces is usually home to someone a tad introverted.probably the least likely to be called on. You might even use files and folders as a barrier around yourself and your work.Now, we all know that a clean and tidy desk doesn’t • Extrovert: If you’re an extrovert, your desk probablynecessarily equate to productivity, but it undeniably sends a showcases your personality; be that with novelty calendarsmessage that the person sitting behind it wants to be taken or desk top toys that act as a talking point.seriously. It gives the impression that you’re on top of yourwork and taking things in your stride - bravo. • Flexible: If your desk is impulsively ordered, you’re likely to be flexible and creative, good at multi tasking, and able to change between different tasks quickly and easily. Of course everyone has their own way of organising the space around them, and it’s incredibly important to feel comfortable in your own workspace, but whether you’re an admin assistant or hiring manager it’s worth thinking about your desk image. Even if rows of carefully labelled folders leave you running for the hills, you can still arrange your desk to show how professional you are by taking dirty dishes to the kitchen, arranging loose papers into piles, and putting your stationary into a neat little holder. Being ordered is the order of the day - the order you choose is up to you.Follow us on:www.office-angels.com

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