As you let a mountain of papers, supplies, and empty Red Bull cans pile up on your desk at work, just know this . . . they’re judging you. They’re all judging you.
According to a new survey by OfficeMax, having a messy desk could actually be holding back your career.
—53% of people surveyed say they think negative things about coworkers who have messy desks. 40% . . . including managers and bosses . . . say that they think a messy desk is a sign that the person is lacking in other aspects of their job too.
—13% of people say they have a lower overall opinion of their messy coworker AS A HUMAN BEING. 4% say it’s a sign you’re really bad at your job. And 3% think a messy desk is a sign that you’re NOT SMART.
—46% of the people surveyed said that they’re planning to try to keep their work space cleaner this year than they did last year.
—77% say that when things are messy or cluttered, it hurts their productivity. And 9% say that being surrounded by a mess makes them GAIN WEIGHT.