That moment when you receive a promotion and score your own office is one to relish.
You’re no longer stuck in an open floor plan with zero privacy and a million-and-one distractions.
Having your own office means your career is finally on track. It’s also useful if you need to make private telephone calls, hold meetings, or crunch data.
An office should be tailored to your job, but it can also be personalized to express what kind of person you are. However, it is important that you present a professional image to your coworkers and superiors. To help you get started, here are some useful tips.
The Right Furniture
If this is your first promotion and you are inheriting an office from your predecessor, you may be stuck with their furniture. You are likely to have a desk, a chair, and perhaps a meeting table, chairs, and a bookcase.
These might work for you, but don’t be afraid to ask for a new office chair that better fits your needs.
Office chairs vary greatly in design, and the wrong chair can cripple you. Ask HR for a new chair and be prepared to fight for new furniture if the old stuff is shabby or outdated.
Configure the Layout of Your Office
The layout is important. Think about the light, where the door(s) are, and how much space you have for your desk and seating. Some people pay great attention to feng shui.
If this is you, position your desk so that your back is not facing a door or a window. This weakens your energy. Where possible, have your back to a wall or put a barrier behind you, such as a bookcase or some large plants.
It can be helpful to draw a rough plan on a sheet of paper and play around with the configuration. Remember to take into account where power/network outlets are, as well as lighting. For example, you don’t want to place your desk in a dark spot with very little natural light, as you’ll end up with eye strain.
Personalize the Office
This is your office, so personalize it. Add some interesting artwork to the walls to create a talking point, although steer clear of anything too controversial or not in keeping with the company’s corporate image. You may wish to have a couple of photos of loved ones on the wall or on your desk.
This is always a nice touch, as it makes you appear more human—a quality that’s often lacking in the corporate world. If you have college degrees or certificates related to professional qualifications, display these in attractive diploma frames. You worked hard to earn this promotion, so show off those academic and professional achievements!
Bring in a Few Plants
Plants are good for you. They remove toxins from the atmosphere and make us feel happier and more relaxed. Go big and bring in a large potted palm or go cute with a miniature Bonsai tree. Flowering plants are good, as they add color and life to an office.
Lastly, make sure your office has plenty of storage for books, files, and paperwork. An untidy, cluttered office never looks professional.