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Not following through with promises, scapegoating and manipulation through spying and secrecy are …ways of telling people they are not worthy of respect, and they injure their self-esteem. [Canfield & Miller, 1996].    

Managerial paranoia has resulted in a hybrid of police state and business office, characterized by an invasive degree of supervision and an obsessive need for conformance. “Command and control” (which has been so common throughout corporate history) is a process whereby managers demand compliance from their employees and then closely scrutinize the process. Always scanning the corporate horizon for hints of disturbance, micromanagers perceive that their task is to quickly quash any signs of independence and to restore equilibrium. The modern employee is the current day version of the oppressed – he/she is goaded, unnecessarily prodded, continuously monitored, and earmarked as good, fair, or poor, all in the name of a paycheck. The implication of micromanagement is that workers cannot be trusted to: (a) finish a task on time; (b) finish a task at all; or (c) finish a task to specification (Barnard, 2008; Lubit, 2004) [from Gilbert, Carr-Ruffino, Ivancevich & Konopaske, in press]. Turn the page…

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“One of the things that affects stress levels is the degree of control you have over a situation. ” [Domar].

Mastering one’s workspace makes spending time in the office more enjoyable, and consequently, less stressful. Eastern philosophers would even argue that our material attachments work at cross purposes to achieving spiritual enlightenment (Carlomagno, 2008). More space is simply a larger area for mess to multiply. Imagine the stress you would feel if you were suddenly audited by the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and were unable to produce important documents, or a portion of your data. In her book Healing Spaces (2009, p. 131), Sternberg explains: “When we enter a new space, we look for logical patterns and connections. If we can’t find any, we feel unsettled.” Stress is caused by things strewn haphazardly about, and our inability to accomplish a personal inventory and subsequent purge. It is also the result of having to go back and forth constantly to rectify mistakes generated from loose ends that were never adequately addressed in the first place. Just sitting in a cluttered room can create stress due to the visual assault on your senses (Scott, 2007). Instead of a sanctuary that induces a sense of well being, your workplace may instead look like a myriad of projects swimming in a pool of debris. Turn the page…

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