Is Your Office Lacking a Sense of Style? It Could be Holding You Back in Your Career

Is your nine to five spent working in an office with a coffee-stained carpet, suspicious smelling fridge and bland identikit desks? If so, the lack of design inspiration could be holding you back in your career, leaving you feeling frustrated. And while a light-filled, white open plan space could be the key to one person’s creativity, another may prefer a nature-filled oasis to keep them motivated. This is why businesses need to think about how their workspace fits with their company culture and how it could be updated to deliver better results.

As dress codes across many industries become more relaxed, workers today have more opportunity than perhaps ever before to express their sense of personal style when they are in the office. However, with the exception perhaps of some personal items on their desks, few employees are able to influence how their workspace looks.

If you have the freedom to design and decorate your workspace or corner office, you’ll pretty soon find that there is not one route to success when it comes to style.

Anna Wintour’s office for example is as stylish as you would expect from the American Vogue editor, with a scheme that makes the most of stunning floor to ceiling windows.

At Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg favours a large open plan space that doesn’t separate colleagues according to hierarchy.

Fellow internet entrepreneur Jeff Bezos has embraced biophilic design at Amazon’s offices, where there is an indoor garden with thousands of plants.

Notonthehighstreet founder Holly Tucker famously started her business from the kitchen table but now she has her own office, she has embraced the opportunity to bring her creativity to work with quirky colours and pictures.

Liz Earle’s beauty brand also began at home and her home office remains a relaxed area with a minimal, modern look.

Architect George Clark’s workspace is clutter free and is furnished with natural, tactile materials for a laidback feel. 

Oprah Winfrey’s desk is much busier and filled with photographs and ornaments that obviously help her feel focused.

Finally, Roald Dahl had not one but three desks that enabled him to move around and keep his ideas fresh, making him an early adopter of agile working.

Now, the folks over at Chameleon have created this fun quiz for office workers to discover their most perfect style match for their personal productivity!

Take part in the quiz here and share your results on Twitter: @ChameleonBusInt

Sophia Anderson

Sophia Anderson is a blogger and a freelance writer. She is passionate about covering topics on money, business, careers, self-improvement, motivation and others. She believes in the driving force of positive attitude and constant development.