As the old saying goes, “Clean Space, Clean Mind”. And as it happens, it’s true.
The correlation between office clutter and productivity is well-documented. Studies show that a cluttered and chaotic workspace can restrict brain focus, reduce productivity and increase stress levels. Not only that, but research suggests that disorganised employees can cost managers up to 10 percent of their salary, impacting overall profitability.
In short, clutter is bad for business. Keep reading to learn more.
The clutter culprits
Whether you work in a large corporation with thousands of employee’s or a two-man home office, clutter is a universal issue – and there are some key culprits to watch out for:
Paper – it has been estimated the average employee wastes approximately 2 hours per week searching for papers, directly affecting employee output and business profitability – so it’s bad news all around. Rather than hoarding mountains of paper, scan and digitise any paperwork that you can or simply file it away. All paper not needed should be shredded and/or recycled
The freebies – beware the freebie. From branded mugs to novelty USB sticks and promotional t-shirts, desks can easily become a dumping ground of miscellaneous ‘freebie’ clutter. The best way to deal with this particular breed of clutter is not accepting it in the first place
Cables – we’re living in an increasingly wireless world, however, it’s still commonplace to find masses of cables strewn about modern workspaces. Not only do they look unsightly, but they can be a major trip hazard, estimated to cause around 30% of workplace accidents. Floor cable covers and wire organisers are simple solutions to help improve your cable clutter and keep your office safe, clean and organised
Printers and “stuff” – 90’s fax machines. Enormous printers. Computer towers. Whilst sometimes necessary, if you’re limited on space then it may be worth investing in all-in-one technology solutions to help reduce clutter and free up space in your workspace
Digital Declutter – your digital desktop is a lot like the real one. Much like physical clutter, digital clutter can create problems when trying to locate the information you need, causing a decrease in productivity. In addition, research published in 2018 found a link between digital hoarding behaviours and increased stress levels. As such, detoxing your digital space is just as important as your physical space. Devoting time to organising your messy folders, clearing your inbox and cleaning your desktop is worth the investment.