By Ryan Velez
Not all of us are organized in a conventional way, but Black Enterprise reports that cleaning your desk may pay off in more ways than you think, according to a survey from staffing service OfficeTeam.
“Your workspace is a reflection of you. Keep it tidy,” said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam, in a statement. “You want to stand out for your positive attributes, not the messy state of your office or work area.”
Dirty desks aren’t the only offenders. Sometimes it’s not how much stuff is on your desk, but what that stuff is that’s the problem.
“Make sure there isn’t anything on display that might cause others to question your professionalism,” Britton continues. “Showing a little personality on your desk is fine, but don’t go overboard.”
They put together three main points that come to mind when reshuffling your desk:
1. “Clean up your act. Spend a few minutes every day clearing out old documents, food wrappers, and dirty dishes. Reduce clutter by organizing files or going paperless.
2. Keep it simple. It’s OK to have a few things in your workspace that are inspiring or fun to look at, but covering your desk with too many knickknacks can be an eyesore.
3. Don’t be offensive. Remember, items in your work area aren’t always for your eyes only. Ditch the political posters, risqué photos, and anything that might be too controversial.”
As a fun fact, the second Monday in January is National Clean Off Your Desk Day. As a result, you may want to get in the spirit of the holiday and rearrange your workspace in hopes of making a new impression or just a change for yourself.
“This day is an opportunity to begin your new year with a clean and organized workspace,” according to National Day Calendar. Whether your desk is in a private or shared office, cubicle, home, or a make-shift desk on the counter, having your workspace uncluttered, organized, refreshed, and clean will help you work more efficiently and give you a sense of serenity.”