It may get you a cameo on a TLC reality show, but hoarding don’t do nothing for your career, y’all.
A new, very scientific survey by CareerBuilder shows hoarding can have a negative impact on your career. Nearly three-in-ten (28 percent) employers say they are less likely to promote someone who has a disorganized or messy work space.
This doesn’t bode well for the 33 percent of workers – men and women equally – who say they tend to be hoarders. And even though companies have shifted to a more digital workplace, more than half of workers (51 percent) say they still love killing trees have paper files in their office/desk.
But let’s back up a touch, shall we? What exactly makes someone a hoarder? Survey says…
- 38 percent say that, currently, between 50 to 100 percent of their desk surface is covered with work and other materials, while 16 percent of workers said 75 percent or more of their desk is covered. For shame!!
- 36 percent of workers say they have paper files from more than a year ago, 13 percent have files that are five years or older and six percent have files dating back more than 10 years. Heathens.
Is it really that big a deal? Well, yes, according to the survey. It seems employers don’t think any more of hoarders than they do of tattooed employees.
Nearly two-in-five employers (38 percent) say piles of paper covering a desk negatively impacted their perception of that person; 27 percent feel they are disorganized, while 16 percent say they are just messy.
Public service announcement: If you or someone you know is a hoarder, there IS help.
Rosemary Haefner, CareerBuilder’s Vice President of Human Resources, offers the following tips to get your work area organized:
- Schedule time with the office recycle bin –Set a calendar reminder for Friday afternoon to take completed projects to the recycle bin.
- Work on one project at a time – While you may have 20 things on your “to do” list, prioritize what needs to be done that day when you arrive at work and take care of one project at a time.
- Don’t be a digital hoarder – Just because nobody else can see your clutter, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, especially in your email boxes. Delete unneeded emails on a weekly basis.
Please, share these tips with a friend or loved one.
Okay, I kid, but do you tend to have the same views as the employers who say they view hoarders as disorganized? If so, are you doing anything to address the situation?Related
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