Is a Messy Work Desk a Bad Sign?

More than half of senior managers (54%) interviewed by staffing firm OfficeTeam said the most distracting or annoying aspect of employee workspaces is sloppiness or disorganization. However, one in 10 respondents acknowledged a desk that’s too clean or bare raises a red flag.

Other distracting or annoying things about employee workspaces cited include:

  • Displaying inappropriate or offensive photos or phrases – 21%; and
  • Having too many knickknacks or decorations – 15%.
In addition, 15% of senior managers reported seeing an inappropriate or offensive item in an employee’s work area.