Things to Put on Your Desk at Work


The simple thinking is that you can put whatever you want on your desk at work. However, professionalism and etiquette dictate that you exercise tact. In addition to practical items such as staplers, tape rolls and family pictures, it is OK to display cool gadgets that don't easily offend.

Items to Include

  • The location of your desk plays a role in how you decorate your desk. When you have your own space, you have greater flexibility than if your desk is in a shared cubicle. Along with the basic work supplies, you can express your individuality and artistic flair with small pieces of artwork and decor. Intricate book displays, flower pots and creative desk calendars are ideas, provided you have enough space. A crowded desk limits work space and looks tacky.

Items to Omit

  • Strong odors are not good for inter-office or inter-cubicle relationships. So, it is best to avoid decorative items that produce odors. Also, while it may seem cool to have a plaque or object with a vulgar or abrasive expression, your boss and colleagues probably won't appreciate it. Even if nothing is said, those around you form impressions of your professionalism that affect work relationships and promotions. If you interact with clients, expect to hear from a manager if your desk displays don't adhere to the office culture.

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