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Disorganization And Its Effects On Productivity

Updated: Feb 4, 2021

Full-time office employees are wasting 76 hours a year looking for files in their office or on their computer. Employers are always looking for ways to boost productivity and employee morale and several studies published over the past few years suggest a clean, organized office can improve both.



Disorganization and its Effects on Productivity


According to one survey, only 21% would give themselves an “A” for organization and 35% would be ashamed if someone saw their desk. So it is no surprise that over 1/3 of office workers cite visitors as a reason to organize their work space. Employees are equally, if not more critical, of their coworkers. 85% of workers feel they are more organized than their coworkers and 57% judge their coworkers by how organized their desk is.


Another Way To Increase Productivity


Lost time is not the only consequence of a messy workplace. A majority of workers feel frustrated, annoyed and less confident when they are disorganized. Employees also cite several excuses for failing to get organized. The most common excuse is lack of time — ironic considering the time wasted by being disorganized. Too much work and lack of space are other common excuses, but overcoming these issues is the first step to becoming a more productive worker and having a more productive office. Managers and business owners who see organizational issues affecting worker productivity might consider asking employees what they need, be it time, space, or materials, to become more organized.


Employee Benefits Equal Employee Productivity and Employee Retention


Productivity and time management are significant concerns among business owners. Disorganized workplaces cost time and money. In addition, sick, disengaged, and unhappy employees are less productive. It is often difficult for HR teams to recognize and devote attention towards these issues. It is especially difficult for small business owners who have no human resources department to assess their employees’ happiness. For small businesses with no HR team, the responsibility lies on managers and owners to develop a strategy that improves productivity. Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) offer several solutions that allow HR teams and business owners to focus more on human capital management and less on the day-to-day execution of human resources tasks.


About OfficeMax


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About Brother International Corporation


Brother International Corporation is one of the premier providers of products for the home, home office and office. Our U.S.A. corporate office, located in Bridgewater, New Jersey, was established in the US on April 21, 1954 and markets many industrial products, home appliances, and business products manufactured by its parent company, Brother Industries, Ltd., of Nagoya, Japan. For more information, visit brother-usa.com


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About The Mission HR

The Mission HR is a leading partner in the PEO, HR, payroll, and benefits outsourcing marketplace. We provide a valuable service for small and medium-sized organizations and government contractors, serving as a trusted partner in integrated human resource (HR) compliance, risk management, employee benefits, employment practices liability insurance (EPLI), and payroll processing.