Seating Plans Matter

Space and your use of it is a vital part of your workplace success Space and territory are what wars are fought over and you should never underestimate the importance of either I Move to the sides of the elevator when someone new arrives, but don't self-bunch If there is a rail, spread your arms out slightly along it I When possible, never take a desk with your back to the door of the office It makes you vulnerable in animal terms and will affect your mood and sense of well-being It also makes you look like an automaton to anyone walking in You should always sit where you can see newcomers just by flicking up your eyes I In an oblong office, fight to get the desk up and toward the right from the door. Left is friendly but right is powerful . You can do friendly with your facial expression I Keep your desk tidy. Mess creates cluttered thinking and looks like nesting, which looks like set views and boring thoughts . Energize your desk space. Never sit surrounded by things from the past like old paperwork, awards, previous projects, or old pens, plants, or coffee cups Business is forward thinking and in a permanent state of change, and that's how you should look The only personal things on your desk should be a photo of someone or something you like—like pets, kids, or your house—to the left of your screen and an idealized shot of the team you work in on the right, to promote more positive feeling about them when the going gets tough When they look at your desk it will also make it look as though you care, too I Make your desk "poser-friendly. " Check the height of your chair to ensure your legs are supported but not dangling Adjust the back support so that you can sit straight for long periods of time rather than slumping Clear out any junk or other matter from beneath your desk so that you have lots of room for your legs and feet to stretch out . Have your screen tilted and at the right height so your eyes are about level with the top line Have a wrist support in front of your keyboard If you're right-handed have your phone on the left-hand side of your desk so that you can pick up calls with your left hand and write with the right . Keep maximum space near your writing hand Throw pens away when they break or run out of ink, don't just put them back in the jar . Make sure your phone wire isn't tangled or coiled, or you'll drag everything across or off your desk every time you answer the phone

I Never eat food at your desk . Do I need to explain this? It looks like you're doing a "work-through," which will make it look as though you have too much work, which will make you look too nonassertive or stupid to say no . Or it will make you look like someone who eats where they sit, like an animal who works and sits in its own trough If you have a shred of self-respect, get up and eat somewhere else . Better still, go out .

I Do good daydream body language. Your brain is primed to daydream every ninety minutes or so Daydreaming is good because it reboots the brain Bad daydream bodytalk is bad, though, because it looks as though you're doing nothing It's vital to plan a good daydream position that works, then I find raising my chin, gazing up and to the left with my chin cupped in the palm of my hand and my fingers tapping gently across my mouth is good It tends to project the message that you're lost in deeper thought, not playing solitaire on your screen or gazing mindlessly at the screensaver I Try to hold meetings at a round table rather than at your desk .

Sit up and to the right from the door. I If the table is oblong or the typical boardroom table, you're into hierarchy city There are two key power positions in this scenario, either the patriarch seat at the end of the table or the "Last Supper" seat in the middle of the long side at the far side from the door Only ever take these if you're in charge and want to press that point home . Never sit opposite anyone who is in either of these seats as it will make you look like a usurper . Never sit next to these seats as it will make you look like an assistant or a brown-noser or both Try to sit opposite but angled slightly to the right They'll see you as visible but they'll also see you as part of the future vision rather than the trusted old retainers Work on what their view is, not your own. How often do we pick seats that make us feel comfortable or that make other people look better to us?

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