learn the best practices to keep your desk or workspace tidy and clean

Workspace Hygiene: 9 Rules To Stop Being Messy At Work

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Who this micro-class is for

* Employees and managers

What you’ll learn

* How to keep your desk or workspace tidy

* How to avoid the most common workspace bad manners


* Less than 6 minutes to complete

About this micro-class

Maintaining a tidy and organized workspace is essential for productivity, professionalism, and a positive work environment.

Workspace Hygiene Etiquette Rules and Best Practices

1. Clear Desk Policy

Best Practice: Adopt a clear desk policy where only essential items are kept on the desk. Clear your desk every day before leaving.

Mistake: Cluttering the desk with unnecessary items that can hinder focus.

2. Organization

Best Practice: Use organizers, trays, and folders to categorize and store papers, pens, and other items.

Mistake: Piling papers or leaving items scattered without a designated place.

3. Personalization

Best Practice: Personalize your space modestly with items that contribute positively to the work environment.

Mistake: Overly personalizing your desk with distracting or inappropriate items.

4. Cable Management

Best Practice: Use cable organizers to keep cords and cables tidy and prevent tangling.

Mistake: Allowing cables to create a mess, posing safety hazards and visual distractions.

5. Regular Cleaning

Best Practice: Regularly clean your desk, keyboard, mouse, and monitor to maintain a sanitary workspace. Avoid eating at your desk and promptly clean any food or beverage spills.

Mistake: Neglecting cleanliness, leading to the accumulation of dust and germs.

6. Noise and Distractions

Best Practice: Keep noise levels down and avoid distracting activities to maintain a focused atmosphere.

Mistake: Engaging in loud conversations or activities that disrupt your colleagues.

7. Respect Shared Spaces

Best Practice: Be mindful of shared spaces, such as kitchen areas and meeting rooms, and clean up after yourself.

Mistake: Leaving a mess in shared areas, creating inconvenience for others.

8. Secure Confidential Information

Best Practice: Safeguard confidential information by storing sensitive documents in locked drawers or cabinets.

Mistake: Leaving confidential information exposed, risking security breaches.

9. Ergonomics

Best Practice: Arrange your desk ergonomically for comfort and productivity.

Mistake: Ignoring ergonomic principles, leading to discomfort and potential health issues.

Workspace Hygiene Worst Mistakes to Avoid


Avoid accumulating unnecessary items and cluttering your workspace.

Ignoring Cleanliness

Neglecting to clean surfaces and equipment regularly can lead to an unprofessional and unhygienic environment.

Disruptive Personalization

Be cautious with personalizing your workspace; items should not distract or offend others.

Loud or Inappropriate Behavior

Noisy or disruptive behavior can negatively impact your colleagues’ concentration and work environment.

Bad Personal Hygiene

Keep a regular personal hygiene routine and follow business dress code best practices. 

Avoid inappropriate behaviors such as making bodily sounds, loud sneezing, or passing gas. Don’t put your fingers where they don’t belong, such as your ears, nose, mouth, or any intimate areas.

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