When you are looking to advance to the next level within your current company, you are advised to “dress for job you want, not the one you have”. People have to begin to see you in the role and recognize a fit. Just as the clothes speak to your goals, so does your office, cubicle and/desk.
When transforming your work area to one that communicates success, purge it of any and all juvenile humor items. That’s right, it’s time to take the “Hang in There, Baby … It’s Friday” cat poster off the wall. Also, be extra sure you remove any of those newspaper clippings or coffee mugs that joke about how bad the job is, how tired you are, or how “postal” you’re about to go. No one is going to promote a seemingly disgruntled employee.
Instead, see about decorating the area with positive messages that promote leadership, enthusiasm, hope and teamwork. Good management involves the maintenance of a positive attitude and when your supervisors feel a positive vibe from you and your surroundings, you’re half-way home.