Dan Rockwell recently gave some guidance in his blog about how to handle an employee that is constantly surrounded with clutter. Since I have worked independently for more than 35 years, I am lucky not to have to deal with this. If you do, see if any of his guidelines might be of help.Don’t make a rule for your entire office, when you’re concerned about one person. Conversations are better than rules.Explain your value. Make it about you, not research on the negative impact of cluttered work-spaces. There’s no reason to make her feel like a loser, if she’s a great Assistant Manager. You might say, “I should have been more clear about uncluttered office spaces.”Ask her to keep her office uncluttered. Be kind and direct.Make the conversation about what’s best for you and her.Protect her from creating an unrealistic picture of an uncluttered office in her head. Give her a clear illustration of your expectation. Offer support. A few months ago, I eliminated paper when I started writing coaching notes with OneNote on my Surface Pro. I love it.Keep the conversation going. Once in awhile clutter will return. How will you maintain a positive tone when you bring this up in the future?