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Re: Cubicle Living/Working
« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2008, 08:10:44 PM »

Being a former cube dweller, I'd probably say:

No scented candles or air fresheners
Use discretion in fragrances and lotions
You may listen to music but not loud enough that others can hear it, unless they have voted that they actually want to
Not everyone thinks posters of babies dressed as adults in grown-up situations are cute
Keep personal phone conversations to a minimum, even if you're working while you're talking
When you are having a personal conversation, don't air your dirty laundry, we can all hear you. Loser.
Even though they're technically fully clothed, your pin-up calendar is probably not appropriate for work
If your screen-saver makes noise, your coworkers are allowed to kill you, likewise your "clever" alert sounds
Eat your tuna sandwich in the breakroom, stinky

On that note don't reheat broccoli, that's nasty not matter what.
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« Reply #16 on: August 29, 2008, 08:58:23 PM »

I like the handset/no speakerphone rule.  I'd also vote for using headphones over speakers for music.

I've seen HR or Facilities get involved for some of these issues:

- personal appliances/electrical issues - small fan ok, space heater not ok.  personal fridge for "private beverages" not ok.  personal coffee maker ok

- I once had a cube where the light was too bright through the window, so I grabbed all the hanging folders I could find and taped them together to block out the sun.  I was made to take it down, but they provided a shade soon afterwards.

- At one company, after everyone went home, I rearranged the walls of my (corner) cube so that the opening was very slim and it was a struggle for anyone to enter or see me. (it's well established here that I'm a hermit/misanthrope)  I was told to undo everything because fire codes required openings of a minimum width.
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Re: Cubicle Living/Working
« Reply #17 on: August 29, 2008, 09:00:34 PM »

Being a former cube dweller


You've moved up?  Did you drop the star wars action figures?
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« Reply #18 on: August 29, 2008, 09:17:18 PM »

Being a former cube dweller


You've moved up?  Did you drop the star wars action figures?
Didn't move up, just had an office come available. Still have the action figures.
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« Reply #19 on: August 29, 2008, 09:40:25 PM »

I'm struggling to understand why a discussion is necessary.  No heaters or hot plates so they don't burn the place down - WTF else do you need?

Sounds like the whole notion has turned into a lord of the flies debacle.  Who's steering the ship there?  Honestly.

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Re: Cubicle Living/Working
« Reply #20 on: August 29, 2008, 09:47:07 PM »

I now live in a wavicle.  However, our workplace has never felt the Clive sphincter squeeze and so functions like the normal world.

There are no rules in our workplace.  None.  Zippo.  Anything goes.  If someone bothers you it is standard ops to tell them to knock it the *fudge* fudge off!!!

If they fail to comply you just say this place is *goshdarn* fricking stupid and go the hell heck home.

If they call you back you tell them to have so and so knock that *feces* stuff off or you're going to hammer their ass butt.

For the record - thermos of coffee, one photo of two kids, Pompey FA Cup scarf, Bandon Dunes 2008 calendar, two computers, four monitors and one iPod (currently playing AC/DC, Floyd, Van the Man, Zep and The Pogues.)

To date, zero complaints lodged.
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« Reply #21 on: August 29, 2008, 10:44:49 PM »

I'm struggling to understand why a discussion is necessary.  No heaters or hot plates so they don't burn the place down - WTF else do you need?

Sounds like the whole notion has turned into a lord of the flies debacle.  Who's steering the ship there?  Honestly.
The company has been in offices since its inception.  And we're in the South, where folks -- especially the women, are genteel and not in-your-face about things.

There are two people who nuke their lunches in the microwave right outside my office.  The next office to mine is VP-Regulatory; other side of him is the CEO.  No complaints have ever been lodged with or against the two smelly-food-nukers.  Not because it doens't bother us (daily), but because we have more important things to do and no one wants to be the Executive slamming on the Little Person over something so petty.  But it DOES stink.  A lot.

Lots of people have habits and behaviors that they don't think twice about now, but that will cause friction when everyone is tightly packed in cubes.  Plus, we walk customers/prospects/partners through our facility, so Hillary Clinton voodoo dolls (I *feces* you not), pictures of two AK-47s crossed under a Confederate flag (I *feces* you not) and the like might not be welcomed.
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Re: Cubicle Living/Working
« Reply #22 on: August 29, 2008, 11:42:37 PM »

Well, clients exposed to it all - that is worthy of discussion.  Especially given the poor judgment you have pointed out.

Pardon my lack of understanding that people were so foolish to begin with - I should know better.


You need Terry Tate - office linebacker - problem solved.





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« Reply #23 on: August 30, 2008, 12:29:02 AM »

No talking to OB/GYNs on the phone about menopause and the associated vaginal dryness - and what it will mean to your love life.

That was one of the most disturbing cubicle conversations I ever had to listen to.
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« Reply #24 on: August 30, 2008, 06:48:30 AM »

No talking to OB/GYNs on the phone about menopause and the associated vaginal dryness - and what it will mean to your love life.

That was one of the most disturbing cubicle conversations I ever had to listen to.
You worked with stroh?
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Re: Cubicle Living/Working
« Reply #25 on: August 30, 2008, 07:08:01 AM »

No talking to OB/GYNs on the phone about menopause and the associated vaginal dryness - and what it will mean to your love life.

That was one of the most disturbing cubicle conversations I ever had to listen to.
You worked with stroh?

What he fails to mention is that I had to speak loudly to compensate for what sounded like him working a speed bag in his cubicle while I was discussing such intimate matters.
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« Reply #26 on: August 30, 2008, 08:47:48 AM »

No talking to OB/GYNs on the phone about menopause and the associated vaginal dryness - and what it will mean to your love life.

That was one of the most disturbing cubicle conversations I ever had to listen to.
You worked with stroh?

What he fails to mention is that I had to speak loudly to compensate for what sounded like him working a speed bag in his cubicle while I was discussing such intimate matters.

Had I been courteous, I would have simply sent you - anonymously, of course - some of the lube that was serving so well my purposes. 
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Re: Cubicle Living/Working
« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2008, 12:28:27 PM »

I don't like your chances of pulling this off smoothly.

If people are already pissed off for losing an office and getting put into a cube (as well as being reminded of their value to the company), how do you pull off a list like this without making it seem like they're being treated like children?*





* Yikes, I put, like, three "likes" in that sentence. Embarrassed
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Re: Cubicle Living/Working
« Reply #28 on: August 30, 2008, 12:49:50 PM »

It can certainly be improved like this:

I don't like your chances of smoothly pulling off something like this.

If people are already pissed off for losing an office like the ones that they're accustomed to and getting put into a cube like the ones that you described like the way you did  (as well as being reminded of their value to the company), how do you pull off a list like this without making it seem like they're being treated like children?*
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Re: Cubicle Living/Working
« Reply #29 on: August 30, 2008, 01:01:01 PM »

I don't like your chances of pulling this off smoothly.
You misunderestimate me.  I'm in the penumbra of senior management: high enough up to get hierarchical respect, but not so high as to be blamed for any decisions handed down.  As a member of the Legal "team" (total membership: two; total membership on-site: one), I'm not viewed as wearing the jersey of any one functional group that any other group might be at war with.  I'm like Switzerland, but with slightly less personality.  Finally, and at the risk of immodesty, I discovered I was nominated to this post because it was believed that I would not hesitate to tender a policy that best benefited the collective rather than one which better served my own self-interests.

Anyway, it was a team effort, said team consisting of the very employees who will live under the guidelines.  So they can bite my ass, provided it be done without within the restrictions pertaining to sight, sound, and smell and with due regard for privacy.
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