“Hey Julie, If you get time later today, I need you to get your office cleaned up.”
The dreaded words that you’ve probably heard your boss say a few times. It’s when your face squishes up with fear and worry because you know it’s been coming and you don’t know how to begin.
It’s one of those things that you’ve been wanting to work on, but have never got around to because you’ve been so busy with everything else.
Your boss has probably said it in many different ways, but it doesn’t seem to be alarming to you.
As time goes on, you get a warning in a louder more aggressive tone, “Hey Julie, you REALLY need to work on getting your desk cleaned”. You think… Okay okay, I’ll work on it a little tonight and he should be happy right?
You spend an hour cleaning it up, but mess has returned before you leave work the next day.
The never-ending cycle of mess continues and you just don’t know how to stop it. It begins to become more important to you, but you haven’t shown any real progress.
Then after hearing about it for months, it comes up on your yearly review that is tied to your raise.
Then you think, oh boy, maybe I should have listened to my boss when he brought it up the first time. I really want to make it right, but now it has affected me financially, by holding it against me in my review and my performance at work.
Now I REALLY need to get my mess taken care of.
Don’t let this be you.
This was my workplace mess story and it wasn’t fun.
Just because your boss is only verbal about it, doesn’t mean it isn’t important to succeed in the workplace. It's not only important to your boss, but your co-workers and clients as well.
If you have received a warning from your boss, read through today’s post. Email it to yourself and when you have downtime at work reread it and take action. Even if you just learn to do number one every day before you leave work, you’ll be one step closer to your goal! And that is awesome!!
If your boss hasn’t addressed your mess yet, I’m proud of you for being super proactive. If you notice it, chances are they do too!
So let’s get to it…