Understanding The Myth Of The Neat Office!
Should you have a neat and tidy office? Should it be organised? Should you use a fake backdrop during video conferencing?
When I started work, you had to be quiet, sit at your desk and weren’t allowed to talk. If you had an office, it had to be sterile, almost minimalist.
The war regarding the organised office space has been on the agenda ever since Prince Albert introduced the concept of being organised to Britain.
So, here we are some 170 years later.
We now exist in a world where the work environment is wide ranging. Many employees even have a say in what the office space should be.
The personalised work space has evolved on the back of the rise of leadership in the workplace. Of course, COVID has also contributed significantly to how the workplace should (or should not be).
The question now is – should the work space be organised?
We all work differently
I mentioned in a post several years ago, I can only work in an uncluttered environment. However, I am a reformed office hoarder. For many years, you would be lucky to find me under all the things piled up in my office.
I changed how I worked because it led to less stress, greater focus and ultimately, more productivity.
However, some people need clutter around them, and I am fine with that.
There are a number of rules when it comes to the uncluttered office
In order to work out what type of office or work space you need, answer the following:
- Is where I work in the frontline, in the public or customer’s eye?
- Do others need to meet with me in my workspace on a regular basis?
- Is my work space a collaborative environment?
- Do I need my “tools of the trade” to be in close proximity to where I work?
- Do I work predominantly on my own?
- Is my work space for research eg scientific, medical purposes?
If you answered yes to questions 1, 2, 3, or 6 then your work area must be neat, tidy and well organised. However, you and your colleagues may agree to something else when it comes to question 3.
If you answered yes to questions 4 or 5, then it should be left up to you how that work space looks and utilised.
Of course some of us are lucky enough to work in the great outdoors.
However, there must be one rule applied, regardless of the workspace type: it must be safe.
Work environments were I live are highly regulated. If someone was to hurt themselves, even if tripping or falling over an object is looked at seriously.