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No matter where you work, there are some personality types you’ll find in pretty much every office you encounter. Learning to navigate office dynamics is crucial to your success in climbing the corporate later — in fact, some think emotional intelligence is responsible for 58% of performance at work.
If learning how to better interact with your coworkers sounds like yet another mind-numbing task on your to-do list, have no fear! Did you know you can learn a lot about those who work around you just by taking a peek at what’s at their desk? Given that people spend on average five hours and forty-one minutes sitting at their desks each day, it’s no wonder these workspaces can provide interesting insight into who your coworkers really are.
Analyze subtle clues at your colleagues’ desks to learn how to better work with them each day. Notice lots of chaos at your colleague’s work station? Consider inviting her to your next brainstorm, as messier environments are often tied to greater creativity. Does your coworker have lots of photos of his family at his desk? Probably a good indicator that he won’t want to be bothered after work hours. Use simple clues like these to build camaraderie with your colleagues and improve the performance of your teams.
Check out the infographic below to learn more about what your colleague’s desk setup says about their work personality: