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April 25, 2012 1:09 AM Subscribe
How can I curb the (rather desperate) urge to tidy up?
posted by These Birds of a Feather to Human Relations (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am a very neat and organized person whose default mode is almost always "gotta tidy up". From now until summer I'll be working in an environment that is very disorganized and sometimes chaotic. On the first day, my respect for my new boss was enough to stop me from interfering with the overall workspace. Today I found it impossible to resist cleaning up a little because I could not get work done otherwise. I did my best to return everything I'd moved around to where it was before but this bemused/frustrated my boss to no end because she had already gotten used to the new piles and didn't know where anything was again. I am the type of person that needs to put things away before I move on to a new task. My boss is not.
In the near future I will be taking over this workspace and in order to do my job as effectively as I can, I know I will need the environment to be as orderly as possible. As it is, stuff is left on the floor, in piles all over every surface, and things are left askance and askew in ways that hinder movement and productive interaction. I have to inquire after the location of needed materials every day because they are not in the same place consistently.
I do not want to offend my boss by rearranging their domain. This is who my boss is, and they are very good at what they do. How can I attain a middle ground so I am respectful of the environment around me, but also do what I need to do in order to be as successful at my job as possible?