New Research from Post-it Brand Reveals the Role Organization and Office Supplies Play in Workers’ Productivity

Data emphasizes the importance of organization and access to supplies
in the workplace

ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Year after year, “organization” appears on countless New Years
resolution lists, particularly at the office and in professional
settings, as individuals strive to start the year with increased
productivity and workplace efficiency. Today, Post-it Brand from 3M
revealed results from a study1 commissioned to gather data
surrounding office organization, access to office supplies and how these
elements affect office workers in their day to day routines. The survey
amplifies the continued need for appropriate office supplies in the
workplace and also reveals the importance of organization and how it
contributes to overall office morale, attitude and productivity.

According to the study, organization and access to the necessary office
supplies play an integral role in office life, both for individual
workers as well as the office as a whole.

  • Disorganization Conundrum: In today’s offices, disorganization
    not only looks bad, it can lead to decreased morale and productivity.
    Three in four office workers believe a disorganized office is
    indicative of deeper problems at a company.
  • Setting the Example: Executives might want to tidy up their
    desks as 96 percent of office workers believe that organization is a
    sign of a better leader.
  • Undersupplied Equals Less Productivity: 94 percent of office
    workers are less productive when they don’t have all the supplies they
    need to work.

The research also revealed that Post-it Products continue to play an
important role in office workers’ daily lives. Despite the rise of the
digital office and digital tools, the data showcased that workers
continue to embrace analog and rely on paper and Post-it Products to
help them stay organized and on task.

  • Paper vs. Computer: 62 percent of office workers prefer to
    manage their to-do list on a piece of paper rather than through a
    computer or digital device.
  • Supply and Demand: There can be stressful days in the office,
    but one way to combat the stress is having the supplies you need to be
    productive; 47 percent of office workers feel overwhelmed without
    Post-it Notes during the work day, followed by a daily planner (43
    percent) and a professional notebook (30 percent.)
  • An Office Supply Staple: The Post-it Note is a staple of office
    life; office workers, on average, use 30 Post-it Notes per week, with
    more than 2 in 5 (43 percent) using 25 or more.

“Office organization and the access to appropriate office supplies
directly contribute to how successfully office workers can do their
jobs,” said Kate Semersky, a global business manager for Post-it Brand.
“Post-it Brand is dedicated to helping professionals get and stay
organized to help boost efficiency and workplace morale.”

Additionally, Post-it Brand continues to support and recognize
administrative professionals who go above and beyond through the Post-it
Brand Office Excellence Award. Now in its second year, the Office
Excellence Award identifies professionals who are committed to keeping
their offices running smoothly through organization and adequate office
supplies. For additional information on helpful Post-it Products,
organization tips and solutions and this year’s Office Excellence Award,

About 3M
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1 The 3M Post-it Brand Office Organization survey was
conducted by Wakefield Research (
among 1,000 full-time U.S. office workers in 2015, using an email
invitation and an online survey.


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