About 8 hours of your day is spent in your office space. Whether you have your own office, share an office, work in a cubicle, or work in an open-concept office, adding personal touches gives you a feeling of ownership and a chance to share your personal style with your colleagues. A work space that reflects your personality can positively affect your mood because it brings what you love to your desk.
So, what are some easy ways to customize your work space? Start by writing down things that you really love. Here are a few ideas:
If you love traveling: Bring in photos from your favorite trips or bring a souvenir from your adventures.
If you love spending time with your family: Bring in a drawing from a child, mementos from a recent family event, or pictures of your family.
If you love a specific color: Choose office supplies like a stapler, tape dispenser, or trash can to match your favorite color.
Whatever you bring in, make sure that it adds a sense of joy to your workspace. Adding joy where you work does wonders for morale.
The trick to successfully decorating your office space is to not make your co-workers cringe. How can you ensure your office decor is professional and respectful? Start by evaluating your work space with the following questions...
Are you in your own office, cubicle, or shared space?
Do you host clients in your space?
Do you frequently have team meetings in your office?
If you share a space with someone that cringes at the color orange, then painting an entire wall orange is probably a no-go. If you host clients or have meetings in your space, don’t decorate with a cool modern chair that looks great but is uncomfortable to sit in. And while you may love scented candles or your essential oil diffuser, those should be left at home. Some people are allergic or may be repelled by a strong scent.
Ultimately, decorating your office space professionally comes down to expressing your personal style within the boundaries of respecting the other people who will be using your space.
Have you decorated your office space? If so, how would you describe your style?