Can a clean desk policy increase productivity in your business?

Can a clean desk policy increase productivity in your business?

Clean/tidy desk policies can have productivity, cost, security & compliance and visual benefits, as well as helping a company to switch to the paperless office. But there are both positives and negatives to consider.

“Tidy desk, tidy mind”, as the saying rightly goes. Albert Einstein’s comment, on the other hand, serves as a perfect riposte: “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” Two quotes that neatly sum up the differences in opinion over tidy (or clean) desk policies.

As the name suggests, a tidy desk policy requires that employees clear their desk of documents and other clutter at the end of each day or when they have finished using them. And an increasing number of businesses are now laying out that policy officially, mandating that workers have to keep their desks tidy.

Shred-it, an information security company in UAE, explains why setting up a clean desk policy will benefit your company, your clients and your reputation, naming advantages such as confidentiality, data protection, and better organisation and productivity. This is the kind of ethos that drives adopting a tidy desk plan. There’s also a feeling that having clear desks is better visually; something that’s likely to impress workers and visitors alike.

Keeping desks clear of documents can also increase security. How often have you left a username/password combination scribbled on a post-it note and attached to your monitor? Or a sensitive document on your desk because you’re not finished with it? That information can be seen by people who shouldn’t see it, so ensuring it’s off your desk at the end of the day helps keep the business secure.

One of the biggest arguments in favour of implementing a clean desk policy is that of information management and pushing the business towards a paperless office. Workers can spend hours looking through drawers and filing cabinets for documents they need. A clean desk policy will encourage the digitisation of documents, which, when indexed, are far quicker and easier to find.

Not only does this make document management far more efficient, it reduces costs associated with printing such as maintenance, paper and toner. From a compliance point of view, it’s also far better if businesses can manage all their documents digitally.

Of course, a tidy/clean desk policy isn’t for everyone. Some workers will simply prefer to have their desk cluttered with papers and so on, and disorganised people may actually be more productive if their desk if covered with the documents they need to use. What one person would consider messy, another may find to be the perfect filing system. And for many, their desk at work is a very personal space, so dictating how they manage it could have a negative impact.

There are pros and cons to implementing such a practice – some workers will embrace it and some will not. So it’s important for a company to be able to spell out the positives if it wants to push ahead with a tidy desk policy.

French firm plans to bring eco-friendly house concept to the UAE

French firm plans to bring eco-friendly house concept to the UAE

French building materials company Saint-Gobain has announced plans to build an energy-efficient “multi-comfort house” in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi.

The company said in a statement that the project is set for completion in 2019, and will be the first of its kind for the company in the Middle East.

The agreement was finalized with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Mohammad Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, and Hady Nassif, general delegate of Saint-Gobain in the Middle East.

The statement said the multi-comfort house is a low-energy consuming and positive-energy house – designed to produce more energy than it consumes through the use of high-performance materials and construction methods.

Saint-Gobain first developed the concept in 2004 and has so far built 18 multi-comfort houses around the world.

The Masdar City house will be the first in the Middle East and will be fully adapted to the arid conditions of the UAE, the statement said.

The collaboration between Masdar and Saint-Gobain follows a busy year of construction activity at Masdar City, which saw agreements for around 400,000 square meters of new real estate either signed or approved, including the recent launch of Masdar City’s eco-villa prototype.

Nassif said: “We share Masdar’s commitment to creating a more sustainable future for the generations to come, and our multi-comfort house is the proof of that commitment.”

RAK Properties awarded contract for RAK’s first InterContinental Resort in Mina Al Arab

RAK Properties awarded contract for RAK’s first InterContinental Resort in Mina Al Arab

RAK Properties PJSC has signed an AED 11.5 million piling work contract with Al Nuaimi Group for its upcoming InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah Mina Al Arab Resort.

Operated under the InterContinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) luxury brand, the 350-key resort, set to open in 2019, will feature a variety of luxury rooms and suites, a health club and spa, two pools, a well-equipped gym, and a number of restaurants.

RAK Properties managing director and CEO Mohammed Sultan Al Qadi says: “Marking the next phase of Mina Al Arab, the InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah Mina Al Arab Resort and other planned hotels and resorts are pivotal elements in our Mina Al Arab masterplan. As Ras Al Khaimah’s new entertainment and lifestyle hub, Mina Al Arab will feature an array of five-star facilities and entertainment outlets providing visitors and residents with an unparalleled experience of the best Ras Al Khaimah has to offer.”


-Reposted from DesignMENA

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