Study finds organized workspace enhances employee satisfaction

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NEWARK, N.J. - A new survey from Mind Reader, a leading brand in home and office organization, underscores the critical role that an organized workspace plays in enhancing employee satisfaction and productivity. The poll surveyed 2,000 U.S. office workers, revealing that 86 percent think their workspace impacts their happiness, whether at home or in the office. Additionally, nearly 80 percent take pride in their workspace setup, taking up to two years to perfect their space. Approximately 84 percent feel more productive if their workspace is organized and – if it were more organized – believe they could increase their productivity by 38 percent.

"Mind Reader is committed to crafting the ideal workspace for our consumers – a space that's not only comfortable and organized but also enhances productivity and overall well-being," said Glenn Goldberg, Head of Marketing at Mind Reader. "Our latest survey findings are exciting and insightful; they underscore the impact of simple, intuitive workspace solutions on our consumers' ability to flourish and maintain wellness, even during their busiest days."

The Mind Reader survey uncovered some of the most surprising details about how modern Americans work today. 

Infographic from Mind Reader on workspace organization.

Location, location, location

  • Nearly half of respondents said they work remotely in some capacity of their job.
  • If they're working from home, 59 percent said they still prefer to work from a desk, while 18 percent change spots throughout the day, 17 percent work from their dining room and 16 percent typically work in bed.
  • For those who work in person or in an office setting, they believe the best parts include:
    Engaging with coworkers (37 percent)
    Feeling more productive (29 percent)
    Feeling more organized (29 percent)

Hybrid habits

  • More than a quarter said they work in a hybrid environment, splitting their time between home and an office. Comparing the two locations, 40 percent said their in-office workspace is more organized, while 29 percent said their home workspace is more organized.
  • However, hybrid workers spend more time customizing their at-home workspace than their office workspace – 35 percent, compared to 27 percent.
  • As for remote workers, 50 percent said the best parts of working from home are not having to commute, 48 percent said dressing how they want and 36 percent said feeling more productive.

Workspace Struggles

  • While people strive for an organized work environment, the study found that only 40 percent are 'very satisfied' with their current workspace.
  • For those looking for a more organized space, the common issues for unsatisfied respondents, include 48 percent feeling like they have insufficient space, 34 percent feeling back pain due to inadequate chairs, and 32 percent unhappy with the messiness.

Personal Organization

  • Over half of respondents said they were "professionally organized" but admitted they were personally chaotic. In fact, 61 percent of people felt the most organized in their work and 27 percent felt least organized in their mental health.
  • Compared to other aspects of their life, 77 percent said their workspace is more organized than the rest. Enough so that 47 percent believe their loved ones would be surprised to see just how organized their workspace is.

What's Trending?

  • 83 percent swear the trends they've tried have effectively improved their organizational skills.
  • The top five organization trends of the past five years include:
    Decluttering their digital life/space – 35 percent
    Minimalism – 32 percent
    Using space-saving or multi-functional products – 27 percent
    Using printed labels – 24 percent
    Creating secondary spaces within their home – 22 percent
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This random double-opt-in survey of 2,000 Americans who work in an office environment was commissioned by Mind Reader and conducted by OnePoll between Mar. 26 and Mar. 31, 2024.

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Michaelle Bradford, CCI Media, is Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine and Woodworking Network editor. She has more than 20 years of experience covering the woodworking and design industry, including visits to custom cabinet shops, closet firms and design studios throughout North America. As Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine under the Woodworking Network brand, Michaelle’s responsibilities include writing, editing, and coordinating editorial content as well as managing annual design competitions like the Top Shelf Design Awards. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media.