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Cubicle Decoration

June 24, 2011

If you have big plans for your career, it is important that you think about every aspect of your work life. It is stated that you should not dress for the job that you have, but should dress to do the job that you want. The same is true for the workspace: You should not decorate your cubicle for the job that you have, but with the job you want in mind. Below are some tips about cubicle decorations for aspiring CEOs.

The Message

Whether you consider it or not, your cubicle and cubicle decorations send a note about you. If you hope to move up the ladder, you will need to learn to view your workspace with the eyes of other employees and management.

Tidy

Your cubicle ought to always be neat. Huge stacks of paper and bulging file drawers provide the message that you are unorganized and not able to keep on top of your assigned tasks. For those who have trouble organizing your workload, buying a whiteboard to track your work will not only help you stay on task, but will function as a subtle reminder to your employer of the day to day activities.

Photos

Consider carefully when choosing photos with which to decorate your cubicle. A pleasant family photo is a good choice. A photo individuals passed out on your college roommates couch is really a bad choice. Focus on sending subliminal messages that you’re a family man or woman and that you are striving to continually better both yourself and your company.

Wall Art

You also need to be careful when choosing wall art for your cubicle decorations. Avoid anything controversial for example beer posters, items with a political message or sexy posters of celebrities. Many would think that would go without saying, but younger employees sometimes choose cubicle decorations that are much too similar to what used to hang in their college dorm room. An excellent suggestion for wall art might be contemporary art or framed certificates or diplomas. It never hurts to remind your employer why you’re $50,000 in debt!

Practicality

Of course, if you want to move up to top management, you will have to prove that you have the work ethic and talent to do this. You need your cubicle decorations to lend themselves to some comfortable work environment in which you will be able to focus on the tasks at hand. This means no clutter with no items that will distract you from what you are there to do.

If you’re really prepared to “go to extra mile”, you’re going to have to spend cash to reach your goal. As a new employee, your IT department is probably going to reward your many years of college labor with a used or broken down PC. Investing in a top-end PC with multiple displays and the latest software will pay dividends far beyond any amount of money you could spend. Not only will your boss see that you are optimizing your capabilities, but he will also see that you are willing to invest your own money in growing your job. If he or she is going to invest in you as an employee, you need to prove that you are also willing to invest in your job. Remember, few are going to be willing to invest in this manner. But then again, not everyone ends up as a CEO!

Corner Office?

You’re not within the corner office just yet, however, you can choose cubicle decorations that show your intentions. Choose wood furniture that will make the work space feel more opulent, although not overly so. Do not choose a desk that is so large and ornate that it is going to draw a lot of attention. Also, as you want to be CEO one day it hasn’t happened yet, which means you don’t need a chair that is fit for any king. Just think upscale, yet simple.

Good Taste

Finally, you would like your cubicle decorations to show the office that you have good taste. If you don’t have a special talent with decorating, look online for some ideas. You can also purchase cubicle decorating kits which will contain everything that you need to come up with an attractive – and well coordinated – work area. Cubicle decor for aspiring CEOs should highlight the traits from the employee that make them management material without drawing the incorrect kind of attention. Choose your decorations carefully. Your future depends upon it!

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