The temperature is steadily rinsing, things are getting really sweaty and you’re about to boil over.
You might think I’m talking to the hot weather we’re currently experiencing-but I’m not.
In actuality, I’m referring to the stresses caused by working in a cluttered, messy office environment that can really affect your productivity, sanity… and most importantly, your bottom line.
The fact remains: productivity is all about being in an environment that encourages concentration and focus. It’s almost impossible to work in a space that is full of distractions.
At Ptex Group, we strive to create a streamlined, organized office atmosphere by implementing the following three methods – and you should consider implementing them in your office as well.
- Banish The Mess – Schedule a regular desk cleaning and de-cluttering time for the entire office once a week. I’ve found that Thursday’s are usually the best time to do this – it gives me an extra chance to review all the projects I’ve worked on that past week and resolve any issues that were overlooked.
- Find It Now – Keep your computer files organized. Create folders that make sense and are easily navigable. Use dates and easy-to-remember names for files that will make it easy to find. And most importantly, be sure to update your anti-virus software once a week to ensure you don’t lose any valuable or confidential data.
- Keep It Clean – While this should be obvious, it’s often overlooked – keep your office clean! There’s nothing more unprofessional than an office cluttered with litter and trash. In my office, we have a dedicated cleaning crew vacuuming, scrubbing and wiping down all the rooms every single evening. I want my clients knowing that I’m organized and professional – not careless and sloppy.
Still aren’t convinced about the importance of maintaining a clean office?
Well then, take a look at the results of this eye-opening study performed by Dr. Chuck Gerba, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona.
This study revealed how the typical workers’ desk – especially the phone, keyboard and mouse – had 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat. In the office kitchen areas, over half of the coffee cups had fecal bacteria in them.
Must I elaborate on this anymore than I already have? Yeah, I didn’t think so.
Because the only thing that should be cluttering your business is that stack of dollar bills in your company’s bulging bank account.
Let the cleaning begin!