How Clean Is Your Cube, and Your Image?
A clean cubicle is certainly healthier and can lead to greater productivity, but did you know it can also improve your image at work?
Research by the staffing firm Adecco found that nearly 60 percent of U.S employees judged co-workers on how clean or dirty they keep their work space. More than 40 percent have judged their colleagues more negatively if their workspace is messy, while 45 percent have looked at them in a more positive light if their personal area is tidy. Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed agree employees are most productive when their desk is clean.
Taking a few minutes each week to ensure that your workspace is tidy can improve your spirit and your image around the office. Creating a place for everything also prevents clutter and loss productivity due to misplaced items.
Cleaner Office Products
Aside from an increased feeling of well-being, you may also be a lot healthier if you clean up your desk.
Researchers who took swabs from office equipment in New York, San Francisco and Tucson found more than 500 types of bacteria, most of which normally live on our skin or in our nasal, oral and intestinal cavities. Chairs and phones accumulated the most bacteria, followed by desktops, keyboards and computer mice.
Along with sanitary wipes and hand sanitizer, using office products with Microban antimicrobial protection can be another level of defense in keeping the products you use every day much cleaner.