MENLO PARK, Calif., March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Is it time to spring clean your messy desk? More than half of senior managers (54 percent) interviewed by staffing firm OfficeTeam said the most distracting or annoying aspect of employee workspaces is sloppiness or disorganization. Interestingly, one in 10 respondents acknowledged a desk that's too clean or bare raises a red flag.
Fifteen percent of senior managers reported seeing an inappropriate or offensive item in an employee's work area.
View an infographic of the survey findings.
Senior managers were asked, "Which one of the following is the most distracting or annoying when it comes to employee workspaces?" Their responses:
Having a messy or disorganized workspace
Displaying inappropriate or offensive photos or phrases
Having too many knickknacks or decorations
Having a workspace that's too clean or bare
Senior managers were also asked, "Have you ever seen an inappropriate or offensive item or decoration in an employee's workspace?" Their responses:
"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," said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. "Showing a little personality on your desk is fine, but don't go overboard. You want to stand out for your positive attributes, not the messy state of your office or work area."
OfficeTeam offers three tips for creating a workspace that leaves a good impression:
About the Research
The survey was developed by OfficeTeam and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from more than 300 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees in the United States.
OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company, is the nation's leading staffing service specializing in the temporary placement of highly skilled office and administrative support professionals. The company has 300 locations worldwide. For additional information, visit roberthalf.com/officeteam. Follow the OfficeTeam Take Note® blog at roberthalf.com/officeteam/blog for career and management advice.
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