We’re all guilty of it every now and again but with research proving that a cluttered desk leads to stress and lower productivity, it’s time to rally the troops and make a conscious effort to de-clutter and tidy their workspaces.
Even if you have an office cleaner, it is still important to ensure employees take responsibility for tidying their own desks and items. We’ve put together a few top tips to help you change your cluttered and untidy office into a welcoming and productive workspace.
By organising your desk and making designated spaces for items, it should help avoid any unnecessary clutter being left on the desk. Productivity is certainly set to decrease if you’re spending valuable time searching for particular documents, which are hidden under a pile of clutter. And if you do not have any loose pieces of important papers on your desk, it will lower the risk of these being thrown away as rubbish.
When organising your desk, make sure you are brutal with the items you keep. Most employees are guilty of keeping documents which they haven’t used for years. Go through your piles of paper and ask yourself: Have I used this? and Will I use it in the future? If the answer to both questions is no, you know exactly what to do – get rid of it. If you have private and confidential documents, it’s worth investing in a shredding machine to ensure these documents are destroyed properly. When you have decided on the items you are keeping, make sure you put them away in an organised manner.
Business owners should invest in some files and a cupboard where you can shut things away but can access them at any time of the day. Be careful of buying drawers and boxes to store your clutter as these are a hoarder’s dream. Drawers can also be a quick fix for many employees who will just hide things in them rather than organise the mess. Once you have a system in place, stick to it. It’s a lot easier to organise things if you do it continuously and not let it pile up.
Break the habit
Clutter in the office is often due to habit so now is the time to break the habit and start afresh. Set aside some time to clear up your office and do this on a regular basis. It will help you feel a lot calmer and motivated to work, as no one wants to face an untidy desk on a Monday morning. If you’re in a business where clients come to you for meetings, remember your office space is a reflection of your company so make sure you do not give your clients the wrong impression.
With research showing a clear link between clutter and stress, it’s important that employees keep their office environment in a tidy manner as this will lead to a happier and more productive workforce.
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