I posted a while back about how I try to keep my desk at work fun. Since that post my desk has been moved three times; twice during construction of our new area, and then into our “final” location. (I’m sure we’ll be moving again in the future.)
Now that we’re in the new space, I sit in the back right corner of the photography studio rather than with the rest of the editors. The reasoning for this is that I’ve been working on products for a section of our company in Pennsylvania, not what we call In Stock Not On Site products like everyone else. My new work area is actually really nice. It’s quiet and I can concentrate without people constantly asking me where the template for an ISNOS item is or whether I’ve seen Yellow Tote 62.
As you can kind of see from the diagram, I sit at the end of a row of three small cubicles, with my back to another small cubicle. I asked for the cube behind me to be rotated 90-degrees so that I could use its empty desktop and drawers for storage. My desk is only about two feet by 5 feet, and most of that is taken up by twin 23″ monitors and a laptop/docking station. Although at some point in the future I’m told I’ll be switching back to a desktop computer, since my laptop can’t handle the graphics I’ve been editing, which my laptop will become more of a “just in case” thing and hopefully frees up a little more desk space.
The desk to my left was filled by my coworker who trained me on what I’m doing now, but as of Friday he is no longer working with me. It’s a long story I won’t go into. The racks behind what was his desk are constantly moving reconfiguring, and emptying and refilling, as coworkers in the room beyond the wall to my right edit.
Now on to the fun part. The tape dispenser, stapler, coffee cup, heart-shaped box and fan are ones I’ve brought in, and they have been following me around since shortly after I started working here. The desk lamp was a recent addition that I talked my boss into, since the corner of a photo studio tends to be pretty dark (go figure) and I’m dealing with matching Pantone colors. I’m thrilled to say my boss just ordered the wall light on the top left, especially since I’ve got a photography light gaffers taped to my left cube wall at the moment (I wish I was kidding). The calendar is one I’m considering buying for myself as an office-warming gift.
Has anyone else spruced up their office space recently? Would it be completely ridiculous to get an Ikea Gislev rug for my desk area?