AUTHOR:
Kate T.

DATE:
January 8, 2015

CATEGORIES:
On the Job

READING TIME:
2 minutes

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Cube Life: 10 Desk Essentials

AUTHOR:
Kate T.

DATE:
January 8, 2015

CATEGORIES:
On the Job

READING TIME:
2 minutes

One of the things I've noticed is that, even in just a few short years of working at Reynolds, I've accumulated a lot of stuff in my workspace. My desk contains a collection of things that I've brought in, or have received from others. And, all are things I now can't live without during the workday.

But when I was a new employee, there were a number of essential items I brought from home right away to make the space my own. Here's that list to help you:

  1. Headphones. In case you need to listen to a webinar or instructional video.
  2. Coffee mug: You might not drink coffee now, but you will eventually, believe me. Plus, its handy for water and tea as well.
  3. Lint roller: If you have a furry friend at home, or you're like me and have long hair, this will come in handy to keep you looking your best.
  4. Plants: A little greenery can bring fresh air and color to your workspace. Just make sure you're watering them!
  5. Pictures: Spouse, significant other, kids, or others who are meaningful to your life. When you have a rough day, these pictures help bring a smile to your face.
  6. Personality: A couple of things about yourself, a banner from the school you attended, something that represents your favorite sports team, or something funny that may spark a conversation.
  7. Tissues: Beyond their normal use, tissues can help if you need to squash a bug or stop a coffee spill. If you’re a serious coffee spiller, one of those detergent pens might also be a good investment.
  8. Sewing kit: Maybe a button came loose, or you just noticed that snag in your sweater just before a big meeting. Keep a few basic thread colors and a needle on hand to keep you looking your best.
  9. Breath fresheners: Fight bad breath after your morning coffee or lunch with mints or the old school breath spray. Or pick up some individual floss sticks that can help freshen your breath and make sure nothing's stuck in your teeth, too.
  10. Medicine:  Quickly deal with mild aches or tummy troubles by having pain relievers, antacids or cold tablets on hand.

As you start to settle in, you will discover that there are a few more things you would like around your desk, but this list should start you off right and help you get settled in.


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Kate T.

Kate is a graduate of Ohio University, where she studied Communication Studies. She now works as a Corporate Recruiter in Dayton, Ohio. She is an expert on corporate life, as she works with the Reynolds summer internship program and teaches business etiquette courses to college students. After work hours, Kate participates in the cornhole league, finds creative outlets for her DIY skills, and enjoys traveling to new places.