6 Things on Your Desk That Make you Look Unprofessional

January 17, 2019

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There's still time to turn over a new leaf and start fresh for 2019! There are so many things in the workplace that can be viewed as a distraction or can make people perceive us in a not so nice light. If you're trying to put your best foot forward at work, you may want to clean off your desk or workspace. 

According to a recent study, having these items on your desk can make you look unprofessional. They can also be preventing you from getting that much-deserved promotion or raise. What items do you think make people look bad in the workplace?

1. Suggestive photos or calendars: It's 2019! Are people really still doing this? If you have been through any kind of human resources training on sexual harassment, you know these items can make people feel uncomfortable and get you into trouble. 

2. Toys: Although you workspace may look fun, according to professionals toys can make you look immature. Toys and other similar items send a message that you are not ready for the next step in your career. 

3. Tons of sticky notes: This may be your system for remembering to do tasks, but to others, it looks like you are very unorganized. It's time to take those sticky notes to your digital calendar instead. 

4. Political stuff: There are some things that you should keep to yourself and your feelings on politics are definitely one of them. 

5. Empty food containers/dishes: These just make you look like a slob. No one wants to see the container you used for your salad sitting out on your desk festering with germs a week later!

6. An open purse: Okay, this is one that I didn't know would be seen as unprofessional. Keeping an open purse on your desk looks sloppy and invites people to snoop. Keep it under your desk or in a closet. 

How many of these items did you have on your desk? Do you really think they are hurting your career?