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Cubicle etiquette

Cubicles are a fact of life in many offices. That means co-workers are crowded together, with little

privacy, for hours at a time, most days of the week. It is a recipe for stress, frustration, and getting

irritated with one another. But these drawbacks can be kept to a minimum if everyone would follow

a few common sense points of etiquette. Here are some of the primary ones:

* Minimize the sounds emanating from your space. If you must listen to music or computer audio, use headphones. Pick up the telephone receiver, don't use speakerphone for conversations or checking voice mail.

* Minimize (better, avoid) smells emanating from your space. Avoid air fresheners or incense. Minimize your use of cologne, if at all. Heat and eat smelly foods in the kitchen - and some foods shouldn't even be brought into the office because their smell can't be contained in one room.

* Avoid prairie-dogging. That is, popping up above the cubicle wall like a prairie dog from its hole and raising your voice to talk to someone across the room, who also pops up to respond. Walk over to their cube.

* Take personal or sensitive conversations somewhere else. Avoid discussing private matters in your cubicle, whether face-to-face or by phone. Similarly, avoid arguing, discussing your intimate life, gossiping, and anything else you wouldn't appreciate hearing from others. Either go to a conference room or take your cell phone to a private area.

* Decorate your space tastefully or not at all. Few of your co-workers will appreciate pictures of your favorite wrestler or scantily clad celebrity as much as you do. Avoid controversial political or religious messages or images. Photos of you and your friends partying in Cancun are not great for your image and may not make you look like management material.

* Approach others' cubicles respectfully. Knock and wait for an invitation to start a conversation or to enter. Don't barge in, and don't sneak up from behind and startle the person.

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Cubicles are a fact of life in many offices. That means co-workers are crowded together, with little

privacy, for hours at a time, most days of the week. It is a recipe for stress, frustration, and getting

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