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Make Your Office a Place of Connection

May 22nd, 2011

Personalize your office. I’m a big believer in personalizing your office. Personalizing your office is a form of self-disclosure, and as such it promotes connection. Like verbal self-disclosure, though, you have to be careful not to go too far. Too many personal items in your office can hurt your credibility. According to a University of Michigan study, those who displayed numerous personal items are viewed as significantly less professional than those who keep their offices formal. So how much is enough? Researchers suggest no more than four personal items should be visible in an office.

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