Monday, January 08, 2007

How and where to place your pen on your desktop.

From the BBC:
Tidy tape exercise 'is madness'
Black tape has been put on civil servants' desks to show them where to put their pens.

The pilot exercise at National Insurance offices in Longbenton, North Tyneside, is part of a UK-drive to encourage staff to tidy their desks.

The exercise is part of the Lean programme, brought in by consultants Unipart, which has already seen public sector workers told to clear their desks of personal items.

The customs spokesman said: "Part of the Lean processing is to clear the workplace and only keep essential items to hand. This is in line with the workstation ergonomics training that all our staff receive and complies with the display screen equipment regulations (2002). The markers on desks are used to demonstrate that it is much better to work in a tidy work environment where everything has its place."

A critic said: "The scheme is demoralising and demeaning. Staff know how to order their desks themselves.

"We had a situation in some offices in Scotland where staff were asked 'Is that banana on your desk active or inactive?', meaning were they going to eat it?

"If not, it had to be cleared away."

The scheme is being implemented a month after Tony Blair outlined measures to save £2bn by cutting red tape.

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At 5:38 PM, Anonymous sylvia said...

Ha! We here at work are laughing hilariously at this post. I guess they haven't seen the saying "a clean desk is a sign of a sick mind." Every time I clean my desk I lose something so I try to do it as seldom as possible.

At 8:20 PM, Blogger Cindy said...

Man I hope MY boss doesn't see this!!!!

At 1:12 PM, Blogger breakdown said...

I wonder how long and at what cost it took to come to these conclusions. I wonder how long there will be arguments over this and at what cost? If they so little trust in their employees over a clean desk, whta trust do they have at their roles?
Totally stupid
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At 10:02 AM, Blogger Alma said...

How funny! Some guy just wrote a book that says tidiness is counter-productive: Perfect Mess Story


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