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What are the rules for working in cubicles?


Ah, the age-old question – what are the rules for working in cubicles? If you think about it, cubicles are the society of the workplace. Like the houses on a street, cubibicles contain people … people with different likes, dislikes, personalities, habits and much more. When people polulate an area in dense fashion, there are times when they get on one another’s nerves.

People working in cubicles

We’re not here to try to achieve world peace (although that would be great), but we’ve been around enough workplaces and seen enough people working in office cubicles to help.

Without further ado, here are our top 7 rules to being a good cubicle neighbor.

No speaker phone calls (use a headset or better yet, grab your laptop or cell and find an empty conference room or outdoor bench)

Easy on the cologne and perfume (none at all is better)

Lunch at your desk is not polite – smells,  crunching, slurping and dirty paper plates – yech!

Just say no to foreign scents (candles, plug-in air fresheners, sprays)

Maintain your yard – no garbage cans, coats or empty boxes in the walkways please

No peeking or barging into the cubicles of others

No unauthorized borrowing of your cube mates’ items

eating pizza at work desk

Everyone is different. That means different mannerisms, lifestyles, likes, and dislikes. If someone in your cubicle neighborhood is doing something that is distracting or annoying, the best approach is always to politely let them know. Most of the time, this method is effective. If not, consider bringing it up once again. Still no luck? You could ask your own supervisor how they’d like you to handle it. Finally, realize that almost every office has occasional concerns with the rules of working in cubicles.

As office furniture experts, our wish for you is for productive workdays all year long. If there’s anything we can do to help with that, don’t hesitate to call or stop in our Denver showroom.


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