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Family First » collegues http://familyfirst.com Servings Families Online since 1998 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:25:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 10 Tips for Good Cubicle Etiquettehttp://familyfirst.com/10-tips-for-good-cubicle-etiquette.html http://familyfirst.com/10-tips-for-good-cubicle-etiquette.html#comments Thu, 17 Feb 2011 15:21:27 +0000 http://familyfirst.com/?p=7108 post thumbnail

Recently, it was announced the average sized cubicle is 6 feet by 6 feet. The majority of American office workers spend their day in a space that is barely bigger than they are.

If you have a job or have had a job where you are in a cubicle, you know how annoying it can be to have a noisy neighbor. Here are 10 tips from etiquette expert Gloria Starr to help make your “neighborhood” a little nicer and you can just hope your co-workers take your cue. If you are the manager, you might think about passing these tips along to your folks too.

  • Respect others’ privacy and try not to listen to conversations.
  • Snacking in your cube can be noisy and the smell may offend others – think about taking a quick break to the coffee area or lunch room.
  • If you need to have a confidential conversation, move into a conference room or walk outside the building. Treat your workspace as if you are having an open conversation at all times.
  • Wait to be invited into a cubicle. Don’t try talking over the walls – you may be disturbing someone even if you think you are being more efficient.
  • Avoid speaker phone – the ultimate in disrespect to your colleagues. Speak softly; your voice does carry no matter how quiet you think you are being.
  • Even sign language communication while someone is on the phone is an interruption. Wait for them to get off the phone.  
  • Use minimal decoration in your cubicle –excessive photos and mementos can be a distraction.
  • Listening to music, an iPod or your cell phone is not appropriate for a cubicle.
  • Avoid making personal calls in your cubicle – not everyone is interested in your love life or personal issues.
  • An organized cubicle free of clutter and mess is respectful to your co-workers and puts forth a better impression for your supervisor.

For more etiquette tips, please visit Starr’s website at www.gloriastarr.com.

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