I don’t think anyone would be surprised that it can be unprofessional to have a super messy desk. But you might not see THIS one coming: It also might be unprofessional to have a desk that’s too CLEAN.
A new survey found 54% of bosses say it’s a red flag when one of their employees’ desks is too messy. But 10% say they’re suspicious of an employee whose desk is too CLEAN.
They didn’t get into the reasons why, but we’re thinking it could be because a clean desk makes it seem like your workload is too light because you have enough time to constantly straighten up.
And since a messy desk can be linked to creativity, having a clean one could show you’re too uptight and un-creative.
The survey also found 15% of bosses have had an employee hang up something inappropriate in their cubicle.
If you’re trying to be healthier this year, here are five small changes that don’t require much effort. But they can actually make a difference . . .
- Start calling yourself a “runner.” Or if you like tennis, start referring to yourself as a “tennis player.” A study at Winona University in Minnesota found that giving yourself a label like that encourages you to do the activity more, regardless of what it is.
- Make sure you get a good night’s sleep on Tuesdays. A recent study found it’s the night we’re most LIKELY to get a good night’s sleep, because we’re less likely to drink or stay out late. So try not to waste it.
- Put a plant on your desk at work. It makes you more productive, and it can increase job satisfaction by 20%. So it’s an easy way to boost your MENTAL health.
- Record yourself brushing your teeth. If you do it every other day for about two weeks, your technique should get better.
- Wash your reusable water bottle every day. It seems like you shouldn’t have to since you’re only putting water in there. But it can actually get pretty disgusting if you don’t. Bacteria from your hands and mouth can get in there and then multiply.
So either toss it in the dishwasher every night, or let it soak in water that’s mixed with a little bit of vinegar or bleach.
(Daily Mail / PopSugar)
We’ve all fantasized about buying something at a yard sale, paying next-to-nothing for it, then finding out it’s worth a fortune. Which is why this is so great.
A guy in Weymouth, Massachusetts named Phil LeClerc recently bought an antique desk at an auction for 40 bucks. (He looks to be in his early 50s. Weymouth is about 15 miles south of Boston.)
And while he was looking through the drawers for a missing knob, he found something else . . . over $127,000 in SAVINGS BONDS.
The amazing part is what he did next though. Because instead of cashing them in, Phil immediately called the auction house where he bought the desk . . . and asked if they could help track down the previous owner.
It turned out it was a 94-year-old, who recently decided to sell his house and all his stuff so he could afford to move into a nursing home. And his family had been searching for the savings bonds for YEARS.
Phil says that after he heard their story, he was even happier that he decided to do the right thing.
(WickedLocal.com / WCVB / Yahoo)