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Working at a clean office may promote conventionality, a messy office may stimulate creativity

Einstein had once said, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"

Now we might have an answer.

In a study, conducted by psychological scientist Kathleen Vohs and her fellow researchers at the University of Minnesota, 48 participants in both clean and messy rooms were asked to come up with as many uses for ping pong balls as possible.

The result?

Creative Office - demolish your meeting and training rooms

In Deloitte's Amsterdam office, employees given the freedom to furnish one room on every floor filled most of the rooms with foosball tables and other games. Bringing pets to work is also a growing trend.

Everyone has seen photos of Google and other technology companies' creative offices with their saunas, aquariums, ping pong tables and the like, which until recently were difficult to associate with an office, but are now often the norm. Why? Has the world gone mad, or is this a fundamental and substantial change that we’ve been able to observe for some time now?