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 by staffing firm OfficeTeam 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 uncreative.
The survey also found 15% of bosses have had an employee hang up something inappropriate in their cubicle.