What one behavioral study says about having a tidy (or messy) workspace.
Is your workspace filled with paper? Old coffee cups? Don’t fret: University of Minnesota researchers last year unveiled a study that showed working in a messy space can actually increase productivity.
According to the study, published in Psychological Science in February 2013, working in a messy environment will promote creativity while working in a clean environment will promote healthy decision consistency.
The study consisted of experiments that placed subjects in either a clean or messy workspace and asked them to complete unrelated questionnaires or asked them to generate a list of new uses for ping-pong balls. They were offered choices that reflect health or a lack thereof after being asked to complete each task.
The leader of the study, Kathleen D. Vohs, a behavioral scientist at the University of Minnesota, is quoted in The New York Times Magazine Sept. 22 as saying the study brings with it new implications for people who keep their desks, cars and overall workspaces a mess.
So do you prefer a clean workspace, a messy workspace or something right in between?