Inappropriate Office Decor Can Hurt Your Career

Inappropriate Office Decor Can Hurt Your Career

Inappropriate Office Decor Can Hurt Your Career

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The way you decorate your work space says a lot about you as a professional. With this in mind, you should definitely resist keeping anything like the following real-life, totally off-the-wall office items. The list, compiled by The Creative Group, focuses on revelations disclosed by more than 750 marketing and advertising execs. Yes, we know that creative types can get "out there" from time to time, but this list serves as a warning to employees in all departments about what are appropriate and inappropriate office decorations. Even if you're trying to make a personal statement, you should avoid "too much of a good thing," says Donna Farrugia, executive director of The Creative Group. "Displaying items that could cause people to question your professionalism can work against you." As for guidelines about what to display—and what to keep at home—consider these suggestions from The Creative Group: Check into your company's policies on the topic, if any exist. If not, follow your co-workers' lead. Keep your office neat and go for a minimalist approach: A cluttered look doesn't bode well. And always avoid items that are off-color, politically charged or potentially offensive in any way.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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