Q. I just started a new job, and there's a bunch of junk in my desk drawers. There are old scratch pads and papers that I can't imagine anybody will ever need to refer to. I like things tidy and organized, but I'm not sure what I can get rid of. Are there guidelines for what can be trashed and what should be saved?

A. Document retention is highly specific to individual companies and even departments within companies. If you're unsure about policies at a new job, it's always best to ask a coworker or your immediate supervisor. They want to see you succeed and will appreciate the question.