Cubicle etiquette is a must to keep harmony and balance at the workplace. Working in cubicles has its challenges. Lack of privacy, for example. Everybody sees what you are doing and everybody hears what you are saying. It is not easy, and these same feelings you have are the same feelings your co-workers have.
Here are some points to keep in mind:
1) Even if cubicles are open, that doesn’t mean you can enter freely in any of them, except yours. Ask for permission to enter before putting one foot inside.
2) If someone is on the phone, do not interrupt in any way. Wait until the person is available.
3) If someone appears to be in deep thought, do not interrupt. When ideas are flowing and then interrupted, it takes longer to get them back.
4) Keep your voice low. Nobody needs to hear your conversations or your laughter.
5) Do not use the speakerphone. See point 4 above.
6) Do not discuss confidential issues in your cubicle. Instead, go to a private area where only the people involved participate in the conversation, not other people’s ears.
7) Everybody is watching you. Pay special attention to what you say and how you say it. This affects your professional image.
8) Do not make or receive personal phone calls.
9) If you don’t want to be interrupted, do not establish eye contact with anyone requesting your attention, like when you are on the phone or in a small meeting.
10) If you want to end an unexpected meeting, stand up and walk towards the entrance of your cubicle.
11) Do not eat in your cubicle. Food and odors in your work area give a very unprofessional image of you.
12) Keep your cubicle clean and organized. The way your cubicle looks is the way people will see you.
Following these basic cubicle etiquette rules makes working hours more efficient and easy on everyone.
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