At the risk of hyperbole, there’s been a perfect storm at Euroffice recently when it comes to tidying desks.
First someone pointed out a Metro article that claimed that untidy desks can have a negative impact on productivity and make you look bad in front of colleagues (unprofessional).
Then someone else found a blog by a life coach, Rachelle Disbennett-Lee PhD, who talks about ‘declaring a day‘: picking a date each year to represent something special to you or your family.
(Perhaps you’d invent ‘paper plates day’ where you have a sumptuous meal at home, but no-one has to do the washing up. Or a ‘comfortable shoes day’ where you can wear trainers in the office.)
Anyway, some bright spark put the two together and came up with Euroffice #TidyDeskDay, when everyone in the office is encouraged to sort out their workspace.
They can get themselves a desk tidy and a drawer tidy, use computer/desk wipes to clean their screen, take all those old documents to the shredder – just make sure the office fan doesn’t blow the paper everywhere – and dust off the office chair.
(And if you’re studying for a workplace qualification, useful in a quiet job market, make sure you’ve got a new year academic diary to hand.)
I think it’s a ‘neat’ idea, but I also wonder if for some people it may be like fighting their essential nature. Some of us, myself included, are just messy. We want to have a tidy desk and we’re envious of people that do, but we just can’t maintain that level of order.
Perhaps I should invent a ‘Turn your desk into a tip day’, so that I feel better. What do you think?