Good morning Gentlemen and Ladies,
I have been working from home for a few years and I just received a promtion that will require me to go back into the office full time.
I'm looking for ideas concerning what you guys carry with and store at your desks at work?
I have the usual items, cellphone, pad, pen etc- I tend to get narrow focused when I think about things like this.
So I guess I'm just looking to get a different perspective from my own.
I'm open to all suggestions, helpful, inspirational, whimsical etc
What do you guys keep at your desks to help you with your jobs and get you through the day?
If you like what you do, and your job is stimulating, you won't even need to think about that stuff. It will just happen.
But at my desk:
lot of photos of my family, and all the things my kids made for me. It reminds me why I'm there when I'm having a crappy day.
Napkins, as I am constantly putting either solids or liquids in my pie hole all day.
My new Mustache mug.
Thanks for the reply Carl, I have the family pictures covered- I also have a digital frame we're not using at the house I might use.
The napkins are a good idea as I'm always spilling stuff
Thanks Tim, good idea-
I'm only 32 but I also seem to have a luddite outlook when it comes to paper and electronic networks etc,
Maybe because it seems that every company I have ever worked for, their computer networks seem to be held together by rubber bands, ducttape and just plain hope!!!
Two practical notes. Check the company policy on personal electronics. Some workplaces are notably strict when it comes to bringing in anything electronic that records and/or transmits.
You also need (particularly if you will be enjoying an office with real walls and a door) the policy on what you can put on the walls. I've worked in a building where if the landlord didn't put it on the wall, you didn't get tp put it on the wall.
Otherwise, beyond the family photos, you'll want to have a display calendar, preferably with space for notes...(I've seen Outlook go down just enough to want that back up, and the pictures can liven up the cubicle.) A personal fan is a nice touch, just avoid the cheap ones, you want a discrete breeze from time to time, not a whining small motor.
As to the other stuff, iit may be obvious, but sometimes you don't automatically get minor office furnishings, like in/out boxes, pencil cups, staplers, chair mats...be prepared for that possibility.
With all do respect, you are way overthinking it. You'd be better off getting used to the office environment and then figuring out what you want rather than spending money to take things in that you'll throw out later. The best things in my office are the things that remind you of why you're working.....photo of your family, a nice photo of an enjoyable/relaxing vacation, etc
Not too relaxed...a photo of you in a bathing suit, holding a beer looking pie-eyed should probably stay at home!
$20, for when you lose/forget your wallet, can't get to an ATM, need lunch money or cab fare
a protein source (I like peanut butter.) for missed meals and late nights
disinfecting wipes (Your keyboard is the dirtiest thing you touch each day.)
travel-size of whatever you use to clean your face and teeth
something to hold drinking water
I like a charger at the office for the electronic gadgets I bring to the office
I keep a blazer at the office for surprise meetings and spills. A man could have a shirt instead.
Consider some kind of emergency preparedness. You spend 1/4 of your time at the office. Home shouldn't be the only place with extra water, food, etc. [Some workplaces take care of this for the whole business, but not enough.]
Go minimalist for the first week or so until you get a feel for the environment. Many basic supplies will probably be supplied by your company, so see what is already provided before you go cluttering up the space.
Don't bring things that will distract you from your work. Let somebody else be the guy with all the action figures on his desk.
If it's a "business casual" or "casual" office, keep a sports coat or jacket and tie at the office for more formal meetings or presentations.
Havent read any other posts so i do not get swayed. I do not keep pictures of my family at my desk, nor do i keep pictures of work at my home. I do not have my cell phone at my desk, there is a phone already at my desk. Good supply of pens, an excellent keyboard and mouse set up, notebooks to seperate projects, a clipboard for walk arounds or adhoc meetings, heaphones for when you really get into the work, and a pitcher of water.
Why don't you keep family pictures at the office? Or your cellular phone? You seem pretty committed to those positions ... there has to be a reason. Are you easily distracted or something?
I'm a grown man with a degree, not a high schooler or an inmate. I'm not checking my phone at the door, or shuttering myself in a pictureless blank white room. Its an office ... not an asylum.
White walls? lol, I work in a 200 plus year old farmhouse, with the detritus of over fifteen years of family photos and stuff the kids have made about me, all embedded in the dusty, organized chaos of my work.
Sometimes I come in to mouse turds on my desk; I can point to the various water stains that abound on the walls and tell you which Nor'easter or hurricane made it. The window at my desk has a bb gun? hole in the glass from when some kids were running around shooting things for fun.
The walk-in fireplace by the reception area is stuffed full of samples, old awards and other debris, and the place is haunted to boot; no white sterile walls here!
Actually, I work in an 80-year-old law office that used to be a police station. The walls are tan-ish, but freshly painted. The point stands nonetheless.