Is a messy office hazardous to your career?

Ask Annie: Is a messy office hazardous to your career? – Mar. 27, 2006

“People often don’t realize that piles of paper, boxes in corners, and stacks of stuff behind the office door can affect one’s upward mobility,” she says. “Appearances are important.”

Why? “Your office is a reflection of your capabilities,” Reiter says. “Even though a messy desk isn’t a sign of a character flaw, it does tend to give your managers and peers the impression that the job is too much for you to handle, you can’t make decisions, you are not doing the job, or all of the above.”

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