CUBE ETIQUETTE 101
Cubicles are now very common in office settings. Many of us work in office cubicles or other open environments. An employee can spend 40 hours per week in a cubicle. However, studies show that most workers are not thrilled with the idea of working in a cube because of the lack of privacy and the increased noise.
Life in a cube presents particular challenges. One of the challenges is how coworkers with different personalities, working styles, and preferences and from different cultures can work successfully in a cubicle environment. Some people are more extraverted and need to talk. Others are introverted and prefer to work all day without interruption. They get their energy from within themselves.
Some people say that cubicles offer more of a psychological than a physical barrier between employee workspaces. It is hard to keep noise, smells, and other disturbances from spilling over the partitions. But if people realize that they must minimize their "spill-over," life in cubicles can be more comfortable, and the cubicle workplace can be very productive.
In cubicle environments, "common" courtesy is more important than ever. A little bit of politeness goes a long way toward smoothing problems. Everybody should model good behavior and expect it from coworkers. Supervisors can play an essential role in setting the tone, creating policies for healthy office culture, and, when necessary, negotiating conflicts between employees.
Here are some ways that you can exercise proper cubicle etiquette and make your work environment more conducive to getting work done.