It seems that a tidy desk really is the best indication of a tidy mind for office staff.
If your computer is surrounded by piles of papers, food packaging and personal items, it could affect how others view your work ethic.
Nearly 60 per cent of employees judge their colleagues on how clean they keep their workspace, according to U.S. researchers.
Almost half of those surveyed said they would look on someone more negatively if their desk or cubicle was a mess.
A third said they saw a chaotic work station as a sign of laziness, while 42 per cent would consider it evidence that a member of staff is too busy.
Most agreed that cleanliness affects performance, with three-quarters of the 1,000 workers surveyed by temporary staffing firm Adecco saying employees are most productive when their desk is neat.
Those who keep their work station in order said they should be rewarded for the effort.
Nearly 40 per cent of workers think their performance evaluation should be tied to their workspace tidiness, while more than a quarter think they should get a bonus for keeping the office clean.
Office workers who find the dirt getting on top of them should set a recurring calendar reminder and force themselves to tidy up for 15 minutes each week.
It is important to throw out or file old papers and organise your desk, creating areas to store books and documents.
Clean your desk, phone, keyboard and monitor with disinfecting wipes once a week and, in the process, you will be forced to tidy up loose papers and food wrappers.
As for personal items bear in mind that crooked pictures and noticeboards can give the appearance of a messy office even if your desk is spotless.
If a 20-minute nap, a cup of joe, and more shuteye at night were in a cage match, who would win for reducing that classic afternoon "dip"? The answer is: (in order of effectiveness