What your working from home setup says about youMarch 18, 2020
For those of us who can work from home, now is the time to do it, as the outbreak of COVID-19 has meant that all of us should practice social distancing and some others should self-isolate.
That’s meant many of us are dusting off desks and repurposing dressing tables to sit our laptops on.
It makes sense to make your setup as ‘you’ as possible, as we have no idea how long this whole thing will last, and putting personal touches on your desk is a great way to keep yourself fresh and motivated.
According to psychologist Donna Dawson, however, the things you do choose to surround yourself with can show a fair bit of who you are.
After turning her attention to the modern-day desk, expert Donna has identified five key working-from-home types (and their inhabitants).
If you’ve decided that personal touches and ‘clutter’ are something of a distraction, you might be a minimalist.
Donna says, ‘This type can also be secretive and lack imagination, and their tidiness can take on an obsessive quality.
‘Yet in terms of others opinions, those who like things done in an orderly, timely and self-contained fashion would cherish this personality type.’
Orderly and timely are the things you need in the current climate, not to mention self-contained.
That said, if you like your control over everything, you might need to let go a little.
For those of you have no discernable actual setup, and have just piled everything up, this is a big sign of the chaotic worker.
While on the surface this might suggest someone who’s got no organisation, Donna says it might not mean that/
‘This desk could also reveal a creative person bursting with new ideas and working on more than one project at once, who knows exactly where everything is,’ she says.
‘How others will view a person with this desk will depend on the nature of the industry; most creative types have chaotic desks.’
As long as everything is adequately disinfected and sanitised, you do you.
You are – obviously – in your home when you’re working from home.
The homely worker, though, is someone who specifically loves covering their workspace with mementoes like pictures of family and friends.
They also have everything to hand, including snacks and multiple cuppas on the go.
Donna says: ‘Likely to be caring, sociable, compassionate and unselfish, this is a person that others turn to with a problem, or to share gossip with over a cup of tea (perhaps on Skype at the moment, though).
According to Donna, those who value individuals with people skills would think highly of this desk type.
You’re most likely to be the one helping relatives and neighbours with shopping, and doing overtime to pick up the work of those who are off ill.
The Tech Lover
This person has every gadget going and is likely thought of as highly indispensable by their bosses.
The ‘tech lover’ desk reveals a person with a fast, analytical mind, who is up to date with technology, but also someone who likes to show off a little too.
They’re clever and they know it, but also have likely foreseen the chaos currently going on, and are prepped to the max with entertainment, food, and tip-top internet.
Donna says: ‘The trophy desk, which contains souvenirs of past work campaigns as well as any cups, medals or certificates of personal achievement, is an obvious statement of naked ambition: ‘Look at me, I’m an achiever’.
‘This desk type is thick-skinned and tunnel-visioned, willing to do most anything to get ahead. In any competitive industry, this person will be valued.’
If you need to look at your achievements, that’s fine. However, it isn’t really a time to be covering ourselves in glory, and more a time to come together and throw competitiveness out of the window.
You just might be the desk type to be stocking up on loo roll and leaving the rest of us with nothing.
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