“Who has time to organize?” you ask. “My boss has just been let go and a dozen colleagues have been downsized. A neat office is not on my priority list.“
While a neat office may not be high on your priority list, A1 performance ought to be. In these difficult economic times, you want to be sure your high performance is facilitated by your organization level and not hampered or impeded by your lack of organization.
And if you think you have hidden your disorganization from your colleagues and boss for these past years – think again. Most managers have a pretty good idea of who is well organized and who is not. For one thing, organization and performance are frequently related – your colleague next door with the clean desk doesn’t waste any time in getting your boss the report he/she needs or following up on that very hot sales tip.
If there were ever a time to commit to improving your organization level, now would be it. Start with either your desk or the floor. Get rid of the extra paper, shoes, garbage, recycling and boxes. It will speak volumes to those in charge about your commitment to productivity.