10/12/2012 11:46 am ET

9 Things To Never Do At Your Desk


It's your home away from home...except that everyone can probably see you, so please put away the guide on how to watch porn at work.

Your desk and your behavior there reveals a lot about you, and it won't always be positive. Though much bad desk etiquette may seem obvious, certain moments leave people oblivious to their surroundings.

"People get very quiet when they try to deal with personal calls, like a fight with a significant other," said Penelope Trunk, founder of Brazen Careerist and career advice columnist. "As soon as you’re talking quiet, the whole office gets quiet because they know it’s gonna get good. As soon as you lower your voice, you’re dead."

Certain upkeep measures can also go a long way towards ensuring you're viewed positively in the office, as seen through University of Texas professor Sam Gosling's study on what your desk items say about you. While little things like candy or tissues can signal friendliness and caring for fellow employees, a cluttered, messy desk can lead people to believe you are discourteous, and even worse, incompetent. And lose that disheveled paper pile. Cloud computing and other new technologies have made the paperless desk and office closer to becoming a reality.

Take a look at some things you should never do at your desk below:

Things You Should Never Do at Your Desk