Got a messy desk? Chances are you’re being judged.


I’m not trying to be mean but a messy desk is an office problem that needs to be solved right away. Besides the fact that it hinders your productivity, makes clients think twice about working with you and causes you anxiety, a new study has found that your co-workers will judge you too.

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According to a survey of more than 1,000 adults conducted earlier this month by The Adecco Group, (42%) say they have judged a co-worker more negatively for having a messy desk at work. Another important thing to note is 45% of those surveyed say they have judged a co-worker more favorably for keeping their workspace clean.

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Either way you look at it, its better to have a clean and organized desk than a messy one. It’ll help you in more ways than you think and now that you know your co-workers are judging you (most likely your boss too) it may boost your motivation to keep things tidy at work.

Here are a couple of quick tips on keeping things tidy at work:

-Spend 5-10 minutes at the end of each day putting things away and clearing off your desk

-Keep a letter tray on your desk where you can put items to file later, its better than scattered papers across your desk

-Keep your desk to a 1 post-it minimum. If you’ve got 15-20 post-its scattered across your desk as reminders, put it together into a list instead.

-Properly organized knicknacks, paperclips, etc. in these awesome storage boxes:

Do you have a messy desk at work? Changed your mind about how you feel about it? Let us know in the comments below!

-Sayeh, The Office Stylist 


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I found a great slideshow the other day about ways to help your employees keep their desks tidier. Sometimes they need a little incentive from higher up. I blogged about it here:


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