A new survey by staffing firm OfficeTeam asked bosses what is most distracting or annoying when it comes to employee workspaces. Unsurprisingly, 54% say it’s a red flag when an employee’s desk is too messy.
OfficeTeam‘s District President says, “Your workspace is a reflection of you. Keep it tidy and make sure there isn’t anything on display that might cause others to question your professionalism.”
What is surprising, is that 10% say they are suspicious when an employee has a desk TOO clean.
They didn’t get into the reasons why, but we’re thinking it could be because it makes it seem like your workload is too light because you have enough time to constantly be straightening up your workspace.
Show some personality on your desk, but don’t go overboard. Stand out for your positive attributes, not the messy state of your office or work area.