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How to Decorate Your Cubicle

Go ahead and celebrate your individuality—just don't announce to the office that you're a lazy nut-job.


  • Step 1: No politics or religion The first rule? Keep politics and religion out of the decor. You're at the office to do a job, not win converts.
  • Step 2: Keep collectibles at home Keep collectibles at home. You need to be able to spread out your work without constantly having to upend your glass menagerie.
  • Step 3: Limit photos Limit photos of friends, pets, and family lest your cubicle begin to resemble the celebrity endorsement wall of a restaurant.
  • TIP: Desk photos that face outwards make the statement that family is important to you.
  • Step 4: Buy plants Buy some plants and take good care of them; studies show this sends the message that you are committed to your job.
  • TIP: To follow one of the principles of Feng Shui, have an odd number of plants.
  • Step 5: Get a clock Get a clock. Contrary to logic, studies show it sends the message that you're meticulous and hard-working, not a clock-watcher.
  • Step 6: Place mementos Have a few sentimental mementos around, like the snow globe from the place you got engaged. They tell visitors that you are an agreeable person.
  • Step 7: Put out bowl of candy Put out a bowl of candy (unless, of course, you don't want colleagues dropping by). It's the office equivalent of a welcome mat.
  • Step 8: Keep area tidy However you decorate, keep your area tidy. Research shows employees with messy workstations are rated lower on agreeableness, conscientiousness, and intelligence.
  • FACT: According to one study, too many sticky notes send the signal that you're overwhelmed by your job.

You Will Need

  • Awareness of the messages you're sending
  • And a little restraint
  • Plants
  • A clock
  • A bowl of candy
  • And personal mementos

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