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The 3 Best Ways To Beat The Heat

By , July 13, 2011

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!

Meny Hoffman

Meny Hoffman

Meny Hoffman is the Chief Executive Officer of Ptex Group, an Inc. 500/5000-ranked marketing and business services firm headquartered in Brooklyn, NY.

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