I am the type of person that likes trinkets, small games and puzzles at my desk. Typically I have small brain teasers, a couple of Rubiks cubes and a small Chess board. I also have various other strange and amusing items and oddities (tasteful of course).
I recently got in a debate with a colleague who thought that such things were a sign of immaturity and demonstrated lack of professionalism. He claims that management sees these things and loses faith in their ability to advance and overall will take these people less seriously.
My counter argument is that Rubiks cubes and various difficult puzzles demonstrate a passion for solving problems and quirky intelligence. This person stands out from the pack and others treat them differently in a good way.
While my boss thinks it is great that I proudly display my puzzles and has no qualms about introducing me to visitors and prospective clients, I can still sort of see his point.
It has been my personal experience that much management in many companies don't like people who are "too unique" or demonstrate "too much personality", and would rather have a cubicle farm full of unassuming cogs. Others might think that this person is playing with games and puzzles all day instead of getting actual work done.
In all is this something that should be frowned upon or encouraged and why?