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Do’s & Don’ts of Working in a Cube

on Wed, 12/23/2015 - 18:12

Ah, where would the American workforce be without the dreaded grey paneled, four-foot high cubicle. While many offices have re-embraced the open workspace where it’s every man (and woman) for himself as they grab a seat at a long table or sit in a lounge chair to hunker down to work, not to mention the growing phenomenon of working via a home space, still many employees report to work where they are relegated to working in a cube.  Unlike working via a home office where good manners take a back seat to working in pajamas and shuffling out to the fridge for whatever tasty snack awaits them, those workers who find themselves in a cube compound need to exercise some common sense manners. Since common sense isn’t as common as one would think here are a set of do’s and don’ts for working in a cube.

Do use a headset when listening to the radio.

Don’t holler across the cube compound.  Get up and move. Walk over to your cube mate for some rare face-to-face time. Careful before starting that cube conversation, you don’t want to sneak up behind someone in a cube. Many cube people are high strung and may snap into action with some recently learned martial arts moves.

Do take your cell phone when leaving your cube. No one wants to hear your cutesy ring tone or obnoxious whistling message reminder going off endlessly.

Don’t conduct a meeting with your clients in your cube, instead meet them in the parking garage … like they do in the movies.

Do use a headset and forget your phone even has a speakerphone. We don’t care if headhunters are chasing you and really don’t want to hear that argument you’re having with your significant other. 

Don’t, make that never-ever, eat fish in your cube.

Do skip the perfume and cologne and for God’s sake keep your shoes on.

Don’t talk through cube walls. Although it may feel like you are in prison, you are not. Try sending an email or send out a kite via a fish line whichever works for you.

Do resist peeking in or pulling a prairie dog move by poking your head above the cube to spy on your cube mate.

And now you know this is how the cube life should be lived. Keep up the good work and we’ll see you in the corner cube next time.

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