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Cubicle Etiquette 101

Cubicle Etiquette 101

Do you find that your colleagues are hovering around you when you’re on the phone? Do you feel that you are not being respected when you are doing something urgent and people just barge in on you?

If you work in a cubicle, here are some guidelines to follow for good cubicle etiquette:

-You see the person you wish to talk to on the phone. Please go back to them later, once they have gotten off of the phone, since hovering over them will make them feel uncomfortable.

-Do you listen to music while at work? Please do a favor to people around you and use earphones. Some people prefer peace and quiet.

-If you need to talk on the phone, make sure that you keep your voice to a lower volume. Not everyone is interested in listening to your conversations, especially the personal ones.

-When you are talking on the phone, try to keep your personal calls short, since some people have a tendency to eavesdrop on your conversations.

-Turn off your cellular phone or put it on vibrate mode, since it disrupts others around you.

-It can be offensive to other staff if you swear or put down people in conversations. Keep this either to yourself or speak of it outside of the office.

-If you are decorating your cubicle, make sure to place items that are not offensive to others, since something to you might be funny, but offensive to others.

-If you are going to enter another staff member’s cubicle, make sure to knock first. Just think of it as entering an office.

-Be considerate of others and either make a phone call to the person who you wish to speak with or walk over to their cubicle. Don’t speak across the room, since this can disrupt others.

-If you need to warm up your lunch, please try to keep it in the lunch room. Some foods that you may think of as pleasant might be upsetting to others.

-If you need to borrow items from another person’s desk, please make sure to ask them first. If it’s urgent, leave them a note stating what you borrowed.

-Overhearing phone conversations is a no-no. If you do overhear a phone conversation, make sure to keep it to yourself.

If you would like more tips such as these, please read my articles on gossiping in the workplace.

If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, please feel free to click on the “comments” link below and leave some feedback.

Until next time,

Take care – of your clutter!

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