CCR Magazine

You are here  :Home arrow News arrow Abolish the clean desk policy in your office to increase creativity, says experts
Contact Us Newsletter Signup RSS Feeds

Latest News Headlines


Commercial Credit News


Abolish the clean desk policy in your office to increase creativity, says experts PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 March 2018
Kit Out My Office, an online retailer of office furniture, believes that offices throughout the country should stop operating a clean desk policy, as experts believe it can hamper creativity.  

According to a study by the Association for Psychological Science, a clean office can actually stifle creativity. Psychological scientist Kathleen Vohs, who undertook the study said: “Our study found that disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights.”

Kathleen Vohs and her colleagues undertook several tests where participants were asked to fill out questionnaires in an office environment. Some were sent to a clean and orderly office whilst others were sent to complete the form in a messy office.

After the questionnaires, participants were asked to commence several exercises, ranging from trivial administrative tasks through to finding new uses for ping pong balls.

The study found that participants who spent time in a messy office generated more interesting creative ideas in comparison to those generated by individuals who spent time in the clean and tidy environment.

So, should you embrace the messy desk policy?

Gareth Jones, Commercial Manager at Kit Out My Office, believes that companies should indeed be doing more to stand out. He goes on to explain: “We must remember that the business world is forever getting more crowded, with businesses constantly striving to outshine each other. With this in mind, we must be more creative than ever before.

This is why I strongly believe more companies should embrace the idea of getting rid of the archaic clean desk policy. The study by the Association for Psychological Science proves you can perform better without it.”

But, you do not have to rely on the words of Gareth Jones. Albert Einstein once said: “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

One individual embracing the messy desk policy and encouraging her clients to do so is Business Strategist Nimisha Brahmbhatt, “I have always been one of those people who always works in a mess. To be, mess is a sign of creativity and activity - things are actually happening. Messiness allows the brain to get visual and creative, a great source for problem solving!”

If you work in an office that operates a clean desk policy and loathe it, hopefully this will give you enough ammunition to counter it or at a minimum open discussion within your workplace on the need for the policy.

 Forums International Ltd

Forums International Ltd

 Attendance at your first meeting is free of charge, and please quote reference 'CCR2016' to receive the special 10% discount off of your first annual subscription.

Find out more here.

latest issue

CCR Cover

The latest edition of CCR Magazine, the leading editorial publication in the UK credit industry, is out.

Read the latest issue online


CCR is the premier magazine for consumer and credit professionals. It provides an independent voice to the industry, breaking major news stories and running in-depth features.

As a magazine, it works with and campaigns on behalf of the credit industry to promote its importance as a centre of potential profit and business development to the wider business world.

Subscribe to CCR Magazine

CCR World Magazine


Providing information and analysis for thousands of senior credit professionals worldwide, every quarter.

Find out more

GTS Media Ltd
81 Cambridge Road

Registered in England No: 05483197