Spring cleaning for the office

Why leave your office out of the spring cleaning list? We all might be a little guilty of knocking workplace tidiness to the bottom of our priorities, but there’s more reason to conduct a little corporate spring clean than you might think.

It has been scientifically proven that the tidier an office is, the higher the rate of productivity there is in employees. But how do you go about performing a spring clean in the corporate environment? We have put together some handy advice for those looking to better the workplace.

1. Tackle the ‘miscellaneous’ drawer

Most of us have a drawer at our desks that is full of random items. This ‘catch-all’ drawer is usually one of the first candidates for a good clear out. Why not separate this into compartments to keep it organised, and schedule a date in your calendar to maintain its cleanliness every six weeks or so.

2. Streamline your desktop

It’s not just the physical environment that can be worked on when it comes to the corporate spring clean – it’s also vital to remember your digital workspace. All too often your computer desktop can become cluttered with documents and downloads. If you don’t need something then get rid of it, and if you do, why not upload them to a free cloud-based storage solution such as Dropbox or Google Drive. This will free up precious storage space and make you computer operating system much happier.

3. Reorganise your inbox

Set aside some time to properly reorganise your inbox. Assign separate folders for different clients or projects and get into the habit of moving emails into these folders. Not only will this help you to locate emails at a later date, it will also keep you organised.

4. Get rid of paper files

Although sometimes there is a reason to keep paper files, perhaps for accounting, legal or contractual purposes, we are normally all guilty of hoarding unnecessary paper files. Recycle what is not needed, by using a secure shredding box service, and keep any amount of important files at your fingertips while freeing up office space by storing them securely offsite.

5. Disinfect

Did you know that your computer keyboard and your phone handset can harbour more germs than your average office toilet seat? Yuck! Make sure to switch them off and disinfect both on a regular basis to help avoid any stomach bugs and other health hazards. Remember to turn your keyboards upside down and gently tap to remove any crumbs and debris.

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