Your Desk Speaks Your Ability

Posted on: November 21st, 2016

Source: Newswire

Tidiness may not be an absolute merit anymore, suggested by by OfficeTeam. It is a workplace survey organization that specializes in workplace ecology. 66% of HR managers feel it is acceptable to have a messy desk at work. But still, some think it is an unorganized manner.

The OfficeTeam interviewed 300 HR managers and ask for their opinions about colleagues having a messy desk. Astonishingly, half of them made no positive or negative comment on this issue. This result speaks what most people feel, but the executive director of OfficeTeam has a conservative opinion. ‘Although not everyone cares about how your desk looks, having a messy workspace could lead others to question your professionalism,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. “Keep your desk tidy and you’ll be able to find what you need more quickly and increase your work efficiency.’ This is something that we were told as elementary school students. Simple and absolute as it sounds, not many people upholds the principle. So perhaps words from an executive director of a prestigious leading staff service company can remind us of the old rule.

The OfficeTeam also sorted out 7 desk organisation mistakes.

1)      Creating a pileup. Stocking used papers an files all over the desk.

2)      Failing to contain yourself. Use pencil cups, drawer and file organizers, and trays to keep items in their place.

3)      Hoarding. If you haven’t touched something in a year, it shouldn’t be on your desk for any reasons. Keep supplies you access most within reach, and the rest out of sight.

4)      Not being tech-savvy. Going paperless and use a digital filing system or organizational app to keep track of everything.

5)      Overaccessorizing. It’s generally fine to show some personality with your workspace decorations, but leave your teddy bear collection and movie posters at home.

6)      Being snack-holic. Clear your desk of food wrappers, empty coffee cups and dirty plates. Wipe off your work surface after eating.

7)      Cleaning just once or twice a year. Spend a few minutes at the end of each day straightening up your workspace and grant yourself a sense of fresh start each morning.