AnyJunk consider the implications that cluttered desks can have on a business and employees' productivity, as well as tips and solutions for decluttering the office. The National Association of Professional Organisers (NAPO) found in their study that disorganisation can lead to financial losses equivalent to 10% of a manager’s salary. NAPO also state that 80% of the clutter in the office is a result from being disorganised and not due to a lack of space. Therefore, there is no excuse for small or large business owners!
“When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organised, and serene environment.” - Princeton University
Overloading your brain forces it to divide its power, making it more difficult to:
Researchers at Yale recently identified that the anterior cingulate cortex and insula, the two places your brain associates with pain, illuminate when you let go of things you own and feel connected to. This means it’s painful to get rid of things due to a real connection with the item.
While it may be difficult to let go of these things that then cause clutter NAPO state that the number one challenge in being organised is paper clutter.
Some studies reveal the average person wastes up to 4.3 hours a week looking for papers, which adds stress and frustration to the workplace while reducing concentration and creative thinking.
Cleaning professionals say that getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40% of the cleaning work needed.
Bryan Hunter from Instant Offices emphasises: “Keeping your company organised is paramount to keep staff mobilised, sustain high office productivity, and remain focused on priorities and profitability. Whether you are a large organisation or a small business owner, maintaining a clutter-free office can have a huge effect on the bottom line.”
The good news is that there’s something you can do about it.
1. Save time and improve efficiency by using a filing system:
When paperwork piles up you waste time looking for what you want.
A US study shows the average worker wastes up to one week a year searching for misplaced items.
2. Reduce workplace accidents and spills with a clear space.
A recent study by the HSE reported that between 2013 and 2016 an average of 119 000 employees slipped, tripped, or fell at work in the UK. Have you ever tripped over a colleague’s pile of tossed out paperwork, crammed rubbish bin, or unruly cords?
3. Keep areas clean for less employee absence and higher employee motivation.
Being healthy at work directly impacts productivity – no one works well when they’re ill, and chances are you’ll end up infecting a fellow employee.
You can find out more about specialists in removing office clutter, by visiting AnyJunk.