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A new study by Hays Australia today shows that 81% of people surveyed believe a clear desk policy – meaning a workstation free of any items or paperwork – helps to keep company information secure.
Of those surveyed, 12% believe that a clear desk policy stifled individuality. A further 7% responded that a clear desk policy would only be feasible in a flexible working environment, where ‘hot desking’ was in practice.
“At first glance the significant support for clear desk policies may appear surprising but perhaps the results are more a sign of the times,” said Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand.
“Over the last decade we have seen job tenures shorten and in more recent years we have also seen a surge in the practice of ‘hot desking’ or assigning employees lap tops so they can work anywhere around a work space instead of being assigned a particular desk,” he said.
Mr Deligiannis did concede that the trend of depersonalised workspaces could impact on employees’ sense of belonging, an obstacle companies would have to work harder to overcome.
“Trends like clear desks offer environmental benefits and workforce planning benefits but also present new challenges that can be overcome by reinforcing the programs, benefits and policies that promote employee attachment and retention,” Mr Deligiannis added.