Does a messy desk matter?
Does a messy desk matter? Monster says people respond in two ways:
- As long as the employee’s work is getting done, it doesn’t matter how messy his desk is or isn’t.
- A messy desk is no doubt a sign of a cluttered mind! Continue to insist that the employee clean up his workspace.
Most of the highly successful business people I interview buy into the clean desk theory. They say clutterfree desks are critical to being productive and having work/life balance. They only want items on their desk that relate to the task they are doing at that moment. But I do have many colleagues who are organized and on top of all their projects, in spite of their desk’s appearances to the contrary.
I say, each person has their own way of working and living, as long as they get the job done who cares what their desk looks like (as long as it's not bug infested). What's your take? And, when should the line be drawn, if ever?
Below: One mom's entry into a messy desk contest. To read her blog, click here.