The Cost of Disorganization At Work
It’s so easy to say “I’ll get organized when I have the time.”When you’re at the end of the day and all you want to do is leave, it’s all too easy to forget about closing the loop on work and physically tidying up your space.
But being disorganized at work goes deeper than just a messy desk. Do you find yourself scrambling to meet deadlines, misplacing communication from colleagues and not achieving your goals? These are the effects of disorganization at work – and they don’t just cause frustration, they cost money. Don’t be a drain on your organization – emotionally or fiscally.
Here are some things that you or your employees may be doing at work that are costing the business financially and professionally. Review the list and ask yourself if there’s anything here you could be doing better.
- Paying more for training and conferences because you miss the Early Bird Registration
- Late payments for loans and credit cards
- Storage fees – you pay when you don’t purge, either in the office or off-site
- Supplier billing errors – you missed them, and the deadline passed to correct them
- Personally eating reimbursements because you can’t find receipts to get you money back
- Going to lunch because you forgot yours at home
- Going on coffee runs because you forgot to bring coffee from home, or keep tea at your desk
- Parking tickets – from not allowing time to find parking before meetings or forgetting to feed the meter
- Late fees for income tax
- Not claiming all your health plan benefits because you can’t find receipts
- Missed meetings
- Missed deadlines
- Missed opportunities – not following up with clients
- Missed revenue – missing out on new clients because you’re too busy trying to keep the current ones
- Replacing lost items – from small things like staplers to larger items boxes of files
- Searching for misplaced documents
- Interruptions – you have to work longer hours to make up for lost time
Credibility is shot – colleagues know they can’t count on you
Missed advancement opportunities – passed over for promotions because you can’t reach targets
- Increased stress – you’re constantly worried about what you’re missing and how that will affect you
If you, or one of your employees is suffering from chronic disorganization at work, and it’s affecting their performance, consider hiring a professional organizer or productivity coach. A trained professional will work with you to overcome your disorganization obstacles, helping you develop patterns and work habits that bring you in line with the vision of your organization. And yes- save money too!