Could that messy desk be costing you a promotion?

You may think that a messy desk is the sign of a first-class intellect but you might be mistaken.

Staffing firm OfficeTeam interviewed senior managers, and more than half (54 percent) said the most distracting or annoying aspect of employee workspaces is sloppiness or disorganization. This beat out displaying inappropriate or offensive photos or phrases and having too many knickknacks or decorations. Meanwhile, just 10 percent of bosses were annoyed when employees had a workspace that was too clean or bare.

OfficeTeam officials suggest keeping workspaces professional and tidy, "Your workspace is a reflection of you. You want to stand out for your positive attributes, not the messy state of your office or work area" they say.

Here are three tips for creating a workspace that leaves a good impression, according to OfficeTeam:

Clean up your act

Spend a few minutes every day clearing out old documents, food wrappers and dirty dishes. Reduce clutter by organizing files or going paperless.

Keep it simple

It's OK to have a few things in your workspace that are inspiring or fun to look at, but covering your desk with too many knickknacks can be an eyesore.

Don't be offensive

Remember items in your work area aren't always for your eyes only. Ditch the political posters, risqué photos and anything that might be too controversial.

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