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When a worker’s messy desk gets out of hand

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Your mother still nags you about cleaning your room, so you've never thought of yourself as neurotic about neatness. But there are messy desks, and then there's Robert's workstation, which always looks like a bomb went off in the vicinity. "Disorganized" doesn't begin to cover it; you're genuinely worried about it being safe and sanitary.

The problem is, Robert has been around a lot longer than you have, and while he does good work and generally respects your authority, he's never been very interested in changing any of his ways just to make others happy. As he sees it, his "cluttered" workplace isn't anyone's business but his own, and if it wasn't a problem for his prior supervisors--one of whom is now your boss--it shouldn't be a problem for you.

Of course, it was a problem for your boss when she held your job; she just didn't press the issue because so many other things seemed more important. It's also a problem for Robert...(register to read more)

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