Published March 21, 2012
Employees wanting to make a good impression on their peers should do some spring cleaning around the office, new research shows.
A survey by temporary staffing firm Adecco revealed that nearly 60 percent of U.S employees judgeco-workers on how clean or dirty they keep their work space. More than 40 percent have judged their colleagues more negatively if their work space is messy, while 45 percent have looked at them in a more positive light if their personal area is tidy.
And it's not just aesthetic: Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed agree employees are most productive when their desk is clean.
While there are many reasons for a disorganized office or cubicle, 42 percent of those surveyed attribute the mess to being too busy, and a third blame it on laziness.
On the flip side, those who keep their space clean believe they should be rewarded for the effort. Nearly 40 percent of U.S. workers think their performance evaluation should be tied to their work space tidiness, while more than a quarter think employees should be given a bonus for keeping a clean office.
In honor of the first day of spring, Adecco offers employees three tips for making the office spic and span.
The study was based on surveys of more than 1,000 U.S. employees.
Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance business and technology writer who has worked in public relations and spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @cbrooks76.
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