Secrets of Workplace Happiness: Order vs. Disorder [Video]

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The neat-freaks and the sloppy slobs – we’ve all worked with them. In fact, we may be one or the other. Any business manager would agree that a well-organized workplace has benefits, including fewer distractions, less anxiety, and a reduction of the frustration brought about by files and documents lost in the “pile.” But can tidiness go too far? Is a neat-freak workplace really optimal for productivity?

A study by the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management says that a balance between order and disorder is the best of all possible worlds. Disorder seems to foster creativity, while order encourages conformity. Businesses need both innovative thinking and methodical execution. This video explores the study’s findings in depth.

What’s your experience – is business better with an organized workplace?