If desks could talk, you’d learn a lot about how you work and what goes on behind closed office doors. Of course, desks can’t actually talk but they can say a lot about their owners. This article will look a little closer at what your home or office desk says about you.
Messy or clean; which category do you belong to? According to a growing number of studies, there is a lot that can be said about the state of a person’s desk. Conventional ideology suggests that a clean and minimalistic desk is the productive way forward, whilst a messy desk should never see the light of day. But are these cemented views accurate?
Well, the truth of the matter is that both a clean and a messy desk come with a host of complex effects and implied meanings.
Clean as a Whistle
According to a recently published study, people who worked in a cleaner environment were more likely to give to charitable causes and eat healthier foods than those who worked in messier conditions. On the other end of the spectrum, it was said that this clean cut approach made people more decisive, with clearer judgement. The studies found that there is potential for both positive and negative outcomes in a tidy department. In addition to this, salary.com in an article of similar subject matter found that:
“A Clean Desk is Good, but a Sterile Workspace is Creepy
While it's reassuring to know an employee isn't likely to max out his or her sick days, an overload of air fresheners and sanitizers could indicate an unhealthy obsession. Clean is commendable. Sterile is scary (unless you're in a medical or food field, in which case, as you were...).
And please, no antibacterial hand washing while others are present. They'll either wonder where you just were or where you think they just were.”
Bless the Mess
While the outright condemnation of a messy work area is largely accepted, it isn’t entirely justified for a number of reasons. In fact, you could be stifling your creative flow by working in an overly prim and proper workspace. That’s right; studies suggest that a messy desk is a sign of an innovative mind at work and a chaotic one – well according to a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota that is. Although not entirely conclusive, the study did however bring to light the idea of there being ‘method in the madness.’
Which is Best?
With most companies adopting a much more ‘squeaky clean’ approach when it comes to desk decorum, it would seem that the messy among us are few and far between; but could all that be about change? In all honesty who knows, but creative industries especially should at least take notes on the good that comes from a messy desk.
However you like to keep your desk, you can rest assured that Piranha LTD has the right desk for you. Whether you’re on the hunt for a corner desk for the home or a selection of white office desks for your workforce, know that Piranha LTD has got you covered. For more information about our products or services, please visit our site or contact us via the options available.