What Does Your Office Space Say About You?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
What Does Your Office Space Say About You?
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About This Quiz

The practice of adjusting your space to maximize comfort, productivity, and happiness is called ergonomics, and it's actually really important. Simply ensuring that all workspaces have access to direct sunlight can reduce turnover, so strong is the impact on mental and physical healthy. Indeed, a company once had a problem with a break room that employees kept insisting was too cold. They replaced radiators, improved ventilation, and installed a thermostat. The room was not cold. Finally, an ergonomic specialist pointed out that the walls were blue. The company repainted them orange, and the complaints went away.

Good ergonomics can really affect how you feel about going to work and what you get done while you are there. These days, the nine to five is basically old news. The "eight til late" may not rule over all of us, but it's quite standard for forty hours per week to be a floor, not a ceiling. It's thus a very good idea, if you can, to ensure that you spend those hours in a space that doesn't make you want to crawl into a hole or bid a ceremonial farewell to the sun. Sensible employers try to make the space practical, comfortable and customizable.

What does your space tell us about the work you do, how you feel about it, and where you might be headed? Take this quiz and we'll figure it out!

Do you get any space at work for a bike or car?
Technically, yes, I guess?
Yes, two cars!
Yes, there is a bike rack.
I don't actually know. I take the subway.

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What sort of chair do you sit in?
A dining chair
A $5,000 one I bought at a fancy store
A big ergonomic one that looks like a giant carapace
A swivelly one

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What is your desk like?
Wooden and full of things
Glass and totally clear
A big arty mess of papers, books, and knick-knacks
I don't have an assigned desk.

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Do you have a place to put your coat?
It's by the door.
Yes, a closet
Yes, there are pegs
No, I just stuff it under the desk.

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Where is the nearest kitchen?
About 10 feet away!
The executive kitchen is down the hall.
Halfway down the hall
On another floor

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How do you feel about the bathrooms?
I wish I were not the one cleaning them.
The executive one is fine.
They're OK.
They are hell.

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What is the natural light like?
Pretty good!
Very good: I can see the whole city!
Better than average
I do not have any windows.

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If you needed to be alone, how long would it take you to find a spot to do that?
I am usually alone at work.
I just shut the door and twiddle the blinds on the interior glass wall.
That would be hard. I'd have to go outside.
That would be impossible as it takes ten minutes to exit the building, but if I try the stairwell I'll set off a fire alarm.

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How do you get from your car/bus stop/bike rack to your desk?
Walk a few paces.
Executive elevator, darling!
I always take the stairs.
Crowded elevator. You can't get into the stairs in this building.

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How many people can see what is on your screen?
Nobody can see it.
My secretary can see it.
A few colleagues can see it.
Everyone can see it.

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Do you have a cubicle to yourself?
Sort of!
I have an office.
Yes
No

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What is the dominant color palette?
Earth tones with pops of color
Black, while, and silver
All the colors of the rainbow!
Gunmetal grey

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Is there a comfy chair just for you?
Yeah!
There's a sofa. It's not comfy. It's trendy though.
There are lots of comfy chairs that we share.
There are no comfy chairs.

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How much of a break could a mentally healthy person take in the break room?
You could live forever in my "break room" and be fine.
Not too long. We don't DO breaks.
Hours.
Don't even go in there, man. It's just sad.

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What sort of noise do you get from other people's areas?
Basically none during school hours.
I just shut the door, so none.
Music, chatter, that sort of thing.
Mostly just quiet tap-tap-tapping of keys. We're not allowed music and we're too depressed to talk.

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How many personalized photos do you have up?
A whole wall!
Three: my wife, my college buddies, and that time I met a former president.
Dozens!
Such trinkets are forbidden.

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Does your space include any art?
Yes, a beautiful painted bookcase and lots of paintings.
I had my art dealer add some items. I don't look at them, though.
Yes - posters, paintings, you name it.
My art is at home where I can actually appreciate it.

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Would you consider it a punishment to be stuck forever in a space that looked like this?
No, I love it!
No, it's my life dream to be in a space like this (but bigger).
It'd be fine actually.
Yes. It is probably illegal under the Geneva Convention.

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If you need to get something to eat, how far do you have to go?
The fruit bowl is right there.
I have a mini-fridge in my office.
The kitchen is down the hall near the break room.
We're not allowed to have food at our desks so I'd have to exit the building and walk 12 blocks. The blocks are 400 yards each.

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What sort of security do you have to show to get to the space?
None
Photo ID
Swipe card
Multiple layers of ID and a code

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How do you feel when you're there?
Fine
Powerful
Energized
I feel like it's not quite real.

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Are any dogs allowed in your office?
Try and stop them!
Only if I say so.
Yes, everyone here loves dogs.
No, I wish.

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What do you like best about your space?
It's mine.
It's fancy.
It's energetic.
It's not the whole world.

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Which item would you grab in a fire?
Vital documents and jewelry.
One of the art items, I suppose. I don't know which one.
My portfolio.
My phone, so I can livestream myself laughing as this whole pointless place goes up.

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Are children ever permitted into the space?
No. This doesn't stop them.
My little darlings do pop by occasionally to practice firing plebes.
Once in a while people bring their kids. It's nice.
Nope, and it's probably better that way. I wouldn't want them to see this.

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Is it an accessible space to people who are less mobile?
It's as accessible as I need it.
I don't know.
Yes, because we love to have a team that is diverse in lots of ways so we make sure it's comfortable for everyone.
Technically yes, because that is the law.

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Are there any "motivational" posters?
There's a cushion that I sewed.
No. I'm not a child.
Only joke ones.
Yes. There are many.

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How messy is it?
Pretty messy
Pretty neat
Very messy
Immaculate

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If you could, what would you change?
I'd have my own separate room above the garage.
I'd have more space, because I could.
Nothing!
I would run away and never come back.

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How do you feel about the other people who share the space?
They're my favorite people!
I have nothing but contempt for the weaker ones. The strong ones are my rivals.
They're my colleagues and friends!
They are the worst corporate drones in the world and I detest them.

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