clear (one's) desk

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clear (one's) desk

To remove everything from one's desk. This phrase can be used both in schools (as an instruction before a test) and in workplaces (as an instruction to one who has been fired). All right, everyone, we're going to start the spelling test, so clear your desks. That underperforming employee was asked to clear his desk and leave the building.
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clear your desk

leave your job, especially having been dismissed.
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If room is limited, a chunky desk might overwhelm the space, so a clear desk - made from Perspex or tempered glass, will do the job perfectly.
The Department does however advocate good housekeeping practices such as a 'clear desk' policy."
"We have a clear desk policy, so no customer data was left in the branch and none of our customers' accounts have been compromised.
"There are some simple changes that can be made to improve staff satisfaction and increase productivity, such as allowing staff more storage for personal items when hot desking, and not overdoing clear desk policies."
RLB moved to the 7,250 sq ft office above Barclays Bank in May last year from Millennium Point and had used the move as a chance to implement a new 'clear desk' working policy whereby all staff used mobile phones and laptops.
He made us tea in the ungimmicky, square-tabled kitchen and took us to his study with its clear desk, state-of-the-art PC, cartoons of his innumerable guises, and a photo of him sitting with the then Cassius Clay as well as the inevitable shot of him and Henry the bloodhound, which made The Times front cover yesterday.
But in your quest for a clear desk, don't be tempted to just open your top drawer and scoop everything in.
Since EasyStand products have a clear desk table, students can stand as they do school work or fun activities.
The careless pair put the nation's security at risk by breaching the overnight "clear desk" policy.
Then he can be seen surrounded by manuals and disks in the 'hard way' to get on the Internet - followed by a clear desk and a smiling Jimmy telling us all about the 'easy' BT way on to the net.
The penalty of such a system may be a certain daunting impersonality, which may not matter to the staff (to a journalist pronouncements about a 'clear desk' policy are bound to be anathema).
The introduction of a clear desk policy has also seen the company go paperless, moving from more than 400 linear metres of paper storage to less than 50 linear metres, freeing up yet more space.
Clear out clutter and feel immediate benefits - it really is much easier to face a clear desk and well-ordered systems, you feel much more in control.