clear your desk

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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Clear your desk of all papers except those relating to the immediate problem at hand.
Clear your desk of food wrappers, empty coffee cups, and dirty plates.
If you're a (Britvic) Moody (-53%) then you are effectively cast into the outer darkness (rather like working in Chelmsford), banished to the British Meat account (summer offal initiative), and given an extra-strong bin bag ready for when the time comes to clear your desk.
To clear your desk and your mind, experts suggest these tips:
But if your contract has a clause about enhanced notice and you are told to clear your desk you lose your legal right to be paid.
First, clear your desk and prepare for a scientific experiment.
Just before you leave the office, clear your desk completely and leave your three priorities on the desk.
Here is a selection of desktop gear to help clear your desk, and hopefully your mind, too:
So here is a small selection of desk top gear and equipment to help clear your desk, and hopefully your mind, too.
Avoid a blitz of work to clear your desk before you leave (or when you return).
Remember that you are only away for a couple of weeks, so you don't need to completely clear your desk.