Recent general email that I sent to my fellow travelers here at the firm, after I discovered several things on my desk that had been there since Bill Clinton's first term and that I had never noticed before among the rest of the clutter:
Please do not put things on my desk. Always put them in the in-box, unless I am in my office. In that case, you may give them to me personally, provided that you wave your hand before my eyes to be sure that I am aware that you are in the office. (I get a little pre-occupied sometimes.)
If the pile in my in-box falls over when you place your delivery in it, then please come find either Susana or me.
Yes, it's that bad.