Your workplace cubicle is the ultimate symbol of workplace homogeneity, but with a little creativity and ingenuity you can turn your cubicle into a symbol of your unique identity. If we spend a third of our lives sleeping and then the rest working, we should at least be able to spruce up our cubicles – we don’t want to constantly be reminded that we spend each day in a grey corporate cage with only a phone and computer to keep us sane. Yet, when it comes to decorating our cubicles we only have a limited palette, so we need to make the best out of what we have. Here are the top 5 tips for decorating your cubicle.
- Business before pleasure. No matter if you work in a sea of call center cubicles, one of the best ways to get the most leeway when it comes to making your workspace more personal, is to show your boss that you care more about the business over personal identity. That means before you go into full decorator mode, reserve a slice of the real estate for your computer, phone, and paperwork so that you aren’t digging through dozens of novelty bobble heads to find important documents.
- Don’t ever go overboard. One of the best ways for corporate to put the kibosh on your cubicle flipping, is to treat your workspace like a miniature disco diorama. So make sure to keep the wallpaper at home, the disco ball for another space altogether and try to stay away from bright colors or even extra lighting that will make your cubicle stand out from all the others. Even if you were forbidden to decorate the outside of your cubicle, the sheer fabulousness of your aesthetic sensibilities can ultimately spill over.
- Don’t include anything that could start a fire. This means don’t install cooking items and don’t light candles or incense. There are too many things that could catch fire or could cause the emergency sprinkler system to go off, which could ultimately affect the entire workplace and could cause serious damage. If you want to add an olfactory element to your workplace try to stick with air fresheners or some potpourri, but make sure your fellow coworkers are okay with it first – you don’t want to offend anyone.
- Don’t show your political affiliation. The workplace should be a neutral place and anything political can possibly offend someone’s sensibilities. If you don’t want to start unnecessary drama, keep your bumper stickers and campaign memorabilia out of your cubicle. You might also want to avoid having anything that too closely resembles a donkey or an elephant, which could be misconstrued, no matter how innocuous the symbolism might be.
- Plant life. One of the best ways to liven up your workspace and to keep energy positively flowing in your cubicle is to have some kind of potted plant – not a plastic one. A living, breathing life form that is not a hamster or any other type of rodent, can increase productivity and might even create better work and air flow.