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January 9, 2012

Do You Know What Today Is?

Filed under: General HR Buzz9:40 am

To start off with, today is Monday morning and for many of us it is the first full work week of 2012.  If that’s not enough to get you motivated, it is also National Clean Off Your Desk Day.  Yep, not only do you have to clean up after the holidays at home, but “clean up” also applies to the workplace. 

Personally, I work best when my desk is organized.  A clean desk helps me prioritize and focus on the task at hand.  Experts say that the average person uses just 20 percent of the stuff on their desk to accomplish 80 percent of their work.  Looking at my desk, I would have to agree.

When purveying your desk, one item you can’t ignore is the computer.  Although your desk may look neat and tidy, what about all those files and folders on your computer desktop, and that pesky message that keeps reminding you your in-box is full?  Well, good news because it is National Clean Up Your Computer Month (which gives us a few more days to procrastinate).  In one of my past places of employment, any emails over 30 days were automatically deleted.  Although that sounds pretty harsh, it kept me organized.  In the world of HR, there are certain items we need to save so it was essential from a compliance standpoint that I remain organized.

You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at



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