We have all seen this — a desk or workspace that is just full with what looks like unbridled clutter! No judgement here… but what does yours look like?
In fact — can messiness hurt your job performance? A career builders recent survey of supervisors showed that employers will pass individuals over for promotions and will also not delegate important tasks to those who appear to be messy. Is there any correlation to the neat vs. messy when it comes to productivity and performance?
Despite claims to be made against a messy workplace — many people thrive in this type of environment. Famous thinkers and writers such as Albert Einstein and Roald Dahl have had notoriously untidy desks, and lives. Messy desks may not be as detrimental as they appear to be, as the problem-solving approaches they seem to cause can boost work efficiency or enhance employees’ creativity in problem solving.
Experts from the University in Groningen in the Netherlands revealed that having an office is disarray can actually help people perform better. “Clutter activates the need for organization and clear thinking,” says lead author Jia Liu,Ph.D, and also notes that it may even make a coworker sitting in the next office or cubicle over more productive.
So — we want to know — what are your thoughts about messy desk syndrome, including its pros and/or its cons! Answer the polls below to give us some insights!
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