Magazine article Work & Family Life

Interchange: 'I'd like to See Some Discussion of Cubicle Etiquette'

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Interchange: 'I'd like to See Some Discussion of Cubicle Etiquette'

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Like many people these days, I work in a cubicle-and I'd like to see some discussion of cubicle etiquette? Some of the more annoying behaviors that can irritate or offend cube neighbors are loud talking or laughing on the phone, chatting with coworkers about personal issues for an extended period of time, swearing and slamming the phone down in anger rather than hanging it up quietly. Do you or your readers have any suggestions? -JH, Omaha

Noise and privacy are big issues for people who share open areas or work in cubicles. A lot depends on the kind of work you do and the nature of your office. If it's casual and you normally have a lot of interaction with your coworkers, noise rather than privacy will probably be your main concern.

If there are just one or two people among your coworkers who are creating a problem, the person most affected or someone representing the rest of the group might discuss with those individuals how their behavior is keeping people from doing their work. Better still, you might sit down together as a group to discuss this or make cubicle etiquette an agenda item at your next staff meeting. …

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