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    Hello,

    could you please tell me how to describe the behaviour of an employee who leaves a mess in his workplace, who does not maintain order? Is it "messy behaviour", "orderless behaviour", "disorderly behaviour"?

    Thank you very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanka View Post
    Hello,
    could you please tell me how to describe the behaviour of an employee who leaves a mess in his workplace, who does not maintain order? Is it "messy behaviour" , "orderless behaviour" , "disorderly behaviour" - really suggests s/he's physically violent.?
    Thank you very much.
    Hanka
    But it'd probably be better not to mention 'behaviour' at all, and just say the employee was messy.

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    In a business situation, people tend to use euphemisms and avoid mentioning "behavior" so that the criticism won't be misconstrued as an attack on someone's personality. (Maybe it's just in the lawsuit-prone US that we're this cautious. ) The boss might say that the employee's work area is untidy, or disorganized. If the boss is filling out an employee review form, he'd probably say something like "Bill tends to have a problem with clutter in his work area."

    In my case, when someone sees my desk, they just shake their head at me and say "what a slob!" (I've always been somewhat neatness-impaired....)

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    Never mind Ouisch. You know what they say - If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what's an empty desk the sign of?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Never mind Ouisch. You know what they say - If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what's an empty desk the sign of?

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