Office Clutter: Comparing Lower and Upper-Level Employees on Work-related Criteria

Office Clutter: Comparing Lower and Upper-Level Employees on Work-related Criteria

Joseph R. Ferrari*, Helena L. Swanson, and Devki A. Patel

DePaul University.

Office clutter might significantly impact productivity, yet no study examined workers differences across upper and lower employee status. The present study surveyed 202 U.S. on-site workers on work-related variables, including office clutter. Job classifications were aggregated, creating two groups: upper- and lower-level employees. A significant difference in office clutter impacted worker-levels: upper-level workers compared to lower-level workers had higher office clutter scores. Exploratory factor analysis created a two-factor solution (explaining 62.6% of the common variance): satisfaction/pleasure from one’s work and risk for work-related burnout/tension. There was a significant difference in office clutter perception: upper-level workers were significantly more likely to report clutter and being at risk for burnout/tension than lower-level workers. Office clutter significantly negatively predicted satisfaction with one’s job and positively related with risk for work-related burnout. Frequently reported office clutter items (in order of frequency) were paper, trash (e.g., used coffee cups), and office supplies.


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Joseph R. Ferrari, Helena L. Swan-son, and Devki A. Patel. Office Clutter: Comparing Lower and Upper-Level Employees on Work-related Criteria. International Journal of Psychological Research and Reviews, 2021; 4:46. DOI: 10.28933/ijprr-2020-12-1805


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