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Posted by: on December 11, 2014

Albert Einstein once said, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what then, is an empty desk a sign?”

The great scientist, along with other noteworthy people in history, had been known to work in an extremely cluttered space—which obviously never hindered him. If you, like many others, believe that a less-than-pristine arrangement of various modern office furniture pieces and trinkets leads to nothing but negative effects, you can now throw that belief away. An article on the Huffington Post notes:

A new study shows that while working in an orderly office environment promotes healthy choices and higher expectations, working in a messier setting provided a more innovative atmosphere and a willingness to try new things.

Kathleen Vohs, a psychological scientist and marketing professor who led the study, made participants fill out questionnaires in two types of offices: the organized and the cluttered one. Afterwards, they were presented opportunities to donate to a charity and were allowed to choose between a snack of an apple and a chocolate bar2. Aside from this, another group of participants were put in the two offices; but this time, they were asked to brainstorm new uses for Ping-Pong balls.

The researchers found out that the people in the organized room were more likely to be generous, and chose the healthier apple instead of the chocolate bar as opposed to their counterparts. These results made the researchers associate an orderly space with overall “goodness”—people adhered more to rules and chose healthier options. In other words, these people put premium on strict compliance, of which pure creativity is void of; argues Vohs.

This was then essentially proven with the Ping-Pong ball exercise. The participants in the messy room were able to churn out as many ideas as those in the other room, but the researchers found their ideas much more interesting and creative.

After analyzing the data, Vohs and her colleagues then generalized that having people stick to a conventional process is good, but breaking away from the norm offers great potential for something fresh and new.

Given the results of this study, it appears the choice between a well-organized office and a messier one is not as clear cut as you might think. Perhaps, personal preferences and company “culture” will ultimately decide these.

Regardless of the way an office is arranged or planned, however, there is no denying that everyone needs the right tools and equipment, like quality custom office furniture, to do his or her job well,. Suppliers like Pharaoh Manufacturing provide furniture for the workplace designed to increase efficiency and productivity; which may be customized according to your preferences.

(Source: Messy Work Spaces Spur Creativity, while Tidy Environment Linked with Healthy Choices, Huffington Post, August 9, 2013)

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