Does your workplace décor reflect boundaries as well as professionalism?
That was the topic in the Indianapolis Star last October. (The link to the article no longer works.) Here’s an excerpt:
“It seems all those knickknacks that help personalize an office space can reflect poorly on a worker's professional image, according to research from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
"There is this taboo in American culture against referencing your personal life in the workplace," says Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, assistant professor of management and organization at Michigan. "This happens through photos, kids' drawings, but it also comes through subtle references you might make, comments about personal life."
Sanchez-Burks and colleagues Susan Ashford and Emily Heaphy, both of McGill University in Canada, conducted two studies with managers and corporate recruiters to see if impressions of professionalism are tainted by references to personal life. The answer was yes.
How much is too much?
Researchers say if more than one in five items that adorn your office are personal in nature, you may be viewed as unprofessional. Most of what decorates your office should be neutral. Think Monet paintings and professional award certificates.”