The title of this post is a quote. I will think warm thoughts of you if you can identify the source. Anyway, messes.
I’m in a job share situation, which means I also share a desk. I’m a walking disaster area partnered up with a neatnik. However, in my efforts to make our working relationship functional, I agreed to her totally irrational need to keep a clean desk, and she doesn’t say anything when I eat all her candy. (Note to job share partner, bring in some chocolate covered pretzels.) It’s a good deal.
So, imagine my delight when I saw an article in the New York Times headlined Say Yes to Mess. Ahhh, victory is sweet.
Studies are piling up that show that messy desks are the vivid signatures of people with creative, limber minds (who reap higher salaries than those with neat “office landscapes”) and that messy closet owners are probably better parents and nicer and cooler than their tidier counterparts.
See, I’m a better parent and more creative then she is. (Our salaries, however, are identical–hmmm.) Of course, when you think HR, you don’t generally think creative, nice or cool. You generally think (judging by the Google searches that land people here) that the only creative thoughts coming out of HR are ingenius ways to pay people less and fire them more quickly. (Incidentally, I can whip up termination papers in a matter of minutes. Yes, even with a clean desk!)
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to search for the Offspring. I know she’s around here somewhere. Perhaps under that pile of paper.