If your office is set up like mine, you’re doomed to the setting of lots of little cubicles all shoved together. It puts you in very close proximity to multiple people and just really isn’t the best set up for privacy or collaboration (seems like a conundrum, right?). Regardless, many of us will be forced to live the cubicle lifestyle until we move on up to a comfy office or begin working at a super trendy start-up.
This leads me to the very important topic of cubicle courtesy. What I mean by this is having the good sense to not be rude and obnoxious to all those sitting around you. You know there’s one of these people in every office (maybe more), but you don’t want to be that person. Here are 3 tips to help you ensure you’re not the cubicle (and associated person) that everyone gets annoyed with.
- Don’t talk on the phone about personal matters. I know it’s really important that you tell your best friend about the awesome new shoes you bought or whine to your mother about your husband’s best friend’s awful behavior, but you know what? No one else really cares. I’m not trying to be mean, but work hours aren’t the time for you to make all of your personal phone calls. You can hear everything someone says when you sit at the cubicle next to them and people don’t need to know your dirty laundry. You’d be amazed at some of the things I overhear on a daily basis! If you really need to chat (and I know that sometimes there is a legitimate reason) make it quick, step into a free office, or text them. Just try to keep it short and sweet because hearing your personal drama is both annoying and distracting.
- Keep your radio down. I love music, but that doesn’t mean I love the same music you do. I understand you’re trying to make the day a little less boring, but be wary of how loud you keep your tunes. Better yet, put on headphones so that you can blissfully enjoy your music all on your own. If you’re not allowed to wear headphones/ear buds, at least keep the music to a low level so it’s not disrupting all the people around you. And please, for the sake of everyone, do not sing!
- Don’t spray too much perfume/cologne/lotion/other smelly things. No one wants to be the stinky person in the office. Even if you think you smell like a garden full of roses, sometimes too much of a good thing is bad. Not to mention, some people are actually allergic to highly scented products and it may cause them to feel sick and uncomfortable. While I definitely recommend some deodorant and a light spritz of your favorite perfume or cologne, don’t over do it. Be respectful to those around you who may not enjoy the smell as much as you do.
Now, it’s your turn! Do you have a cubicle horror story? Tell us what happened!