Most citizens of the U.S. spend more of their awake time at work than they do participating in any other activity of life. Because the need to be productive at our jobs is so profound, especially now, our work stations or offices should be well organized and neat. Efficiency is the overall goal, it needs to be one of our highest priorities.
When desks and other surfaces become cluttered, it usually creates stress within the people who work in that area. Stress leads to several health issues, in many cases. Some of the negative outcomes are stomach issues among the staff or the use of drugs to relieve the symptoms of allergies. Another health issue enabled by a cluttered work area is allergies. Dust or filth accumulates in messy areas and this helps to place allergens in the air. Asthma attacks can result from these conditions as well. Dry eyes, scratchy throats and other reactions are all more likely in environments where a cleanup is needed.
Employees who work in unkempt areas struggle to remain productive. When you can’t find the necessary ‘tools’ to do your job, such as a functioning stapler for example, the wasted time adds up at the end of the day, limiting productivity. Often, supervisors will walk by a cluttered desk and wonder how useful the person is that sits at that location. Studies have shown that a tidy workspace helps a person keep his mind organized. And a productive-minded employee should do everything within reason to maintain a neat, organized work space. All employees should be encouraged to clean their entire areas, including shelves and desk surfaces, on a regular basis.
Of course, when germs accompany the dust and dirt is allowed to sit on surfaces around the office, health issues usually result. People will begin to miss work when the flu resides in unkempt areas, when germs are ignored and left to reside on door knobs and latches. Using good disinfectants and the proper chemicals becomes essential, if a company wants to limit all those absences from sickness.
Boosting morale around the office can be another goal of maintaining a clean environment. When employees feel good about the sanitation procedures used in all areas they must work in, including the cafeterias and breakrooms, they tend to perform better. All organizations with goals to raise productivity and gain competitive advantage should work to encourage clean habits among their staff.