Dirty desks leave a bad impression with the boss
A recent survey by Adecco asked people what they thought of cleanliness at work. It seems that how tidy you keep your desk influences what other people think of you!
- 57% of US employees surveyed have judged coworkers on how clean or dirty they keep their work spaces
- 42% have judged co-workers more negatively if their workspace is dirty
- 45% have judged co-workers more positively if their workspaces are clean
- 73% think people are most productive when their workspaces are clean
There are many reasons for a disorganized desk but the survey revealed nearly half thought it was because employees were too busy, while a third said it was because of laziness.
If you’re someone who already keeps your desk clean, do you think it’s something you should be rewarded for? Nearly 40% thought performance evaluation should be tied to workspace tidiness, while more than a quarter thought employees should be given a bonus for keeping things clean.
Adecco offers employees three tips for cleaning things up:
- Set a recurring calendar reminder to tidy up your workspace for 15 minutes once a week. Use that time to throw out or file old papers and organize your desk
- Buy a can of disinfecting wipes and give your desk, phone, keyboard and monitor a quick wipe once a week. In the process, you’ll be forced to tidy up loose papers and food wrappers lingering around your desk
- Find or create a space for your papers, books and files…and don’t forget to de-clutter your walls and straighten up your pictures!
Is your desk tidy? Are those around you tidy? How does this affect you? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
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