Because so many of us spend hours at our desk each day, you can tell a lot about someone by what they surround themselves with. Desk ornaments, functional or decorative, clue you in to their personality and lifestyle. A funky notepad adds some flair while providing a place for quick scribbles. A picture of a loved one or family can serve as motivation to get through the day.
Noting tchotchke things on a coworker’s desk can actually improve your communication and cooperation. For example, disorganization can signify creativity. Ask for advice from that person regarding your creative tasks and you’ll likely gain new insights.
Using these subtle clues is especially important for managers. They can develop an understanding of individual personality types and use that knowledge to better facilitate work across the team. This will build camaraderie throughout the workplace and lead to improved productivity and happiness.
Fundera created nine typical personalities as defined by their desks in the infographic below.