Messy desks may be the sign of a creative mind. But they’re also a big compliance risk. That’s because if you leave client files around, outsiders can easily grab them, which can lead to identity theft and other problems.
For this reason, many insurance and investment-advisory offices have so-called “clean desk policies” in which advisors must clean off their desks and secure client information before leaving the office each day. The policy also covers electronic files. Even if your firm has no such requirement, consider adopting one yourself. This is especially important if your office has a lot of visitors, cleaning crews, and vendors on-site.