Apparently, having a messy desk is now a sign of being a creative genius. Even Einstein was on board with the theory and speculated, “if a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”. However, even with these great statistics and ambassadors of the chaotic workspace, let’s face it; a nice looking desk is far more inviting. When faced with papers and food wrappers all over the place it can feel a little overwhelming. ‘Organised clutter’ is probably a liveable compromise if you really need to have lots of things at your disposable, but even these items can be kept in some order.
When you look back at previous office solutions, times have seriously changed. In the 60’s, open plan spacing was all the rage, but with much larger and heavier furniture than we are used to today. Fast forward a decade and individual cubicles were the concept in office design, meaning everyone kept themselves to themselves and supposedly just got on with their work all day. In today’s climate there is a mix of the two with collaborative/co-working space in higher demand, open plan offices are being maximised with smaller furnishings to get more bodies in the room and there is still an undertone of CEO/director private offices that mimics the cubicle imagery from prior years. It feels like we are starting to understand what makes the best type of environment for business, it’s just that not one size fits all.
The nature of a personalised workspace can only really work if you have your own desk; many offices now have a hot-desk policy to ensure movement between staff and increase communication between employees who may not necessarily be in contact that often. Furthermore, you may not want to make a desk your own, if in fact you don’t have a strong bond with your place of work or want to solidify roots there. This isn’t the sign of someone uncommitted, simply a person who wants a very clearly defined work/life divide. If this resonates with you, that’s fine – you don’t need to have photos of extended family and labelled stationary strewn across the place, but you are entitled to a joyous little hub of productivity…
Research has found that plants and being surrounded by nature can reduce stress, anger and aggressiveness as well as raise happiness levels. There are lots of ways to integrate greenery into your office space – and don’t worry about keeping them alive as plenty of low maintenance options exist such as succulents or cacti. Plants can also clear the air meaning a healthier atmosphere awaits.