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calling all cubicle dwellers(15 posts)

calling all cubicle dwellersBecky
Apr 11, 2003 7:23 AM
Do you all have to deal with endless chatter over cube walls by those too lazy to walk 10 feet and far too often about anything but work? Or rubberband wars over cube walls, especially on Fridays? end minor rant.
How do you deal with the nonsense that competes with the task at hand for your attention?
re: calling all cubicle dwellersryder1
Apr 11, 2003 7:37 AM
Keeping and browsing through copies of "Soldier of Fortune" or "Guns and Ammo" around your desk works good. Add to this a little muttering to yourself and grumbling under your breath about "noisy people....can't think" works wonders.

Just kidding. My biggest peave is supervisors with speaker phones talking one-on-one to people with the volume turned way up and practically shouting back.
How about people with wireless headsets or cell phonesKristin
Apr 11, 2003 8:17 AM
I use a headset but rarely leave my desk with it. I primarily have it to save on chiropracter bills--I spend 4-6 hours on the phone each day. But there are a couple of people who will pace the hallways talking on their headset or cell phone. Thankfully I moved into a cube away from the isle. Listening one side of Bob's 3 hour long support call's was growing tiresome.
Task oriented?Kristin
Apr 11, 2003 8:06 AM
I'm a cube dweller too, but the rubberband fights only bother me when I'm not included. The only thing that has ever really bothered me is when the entire legal department gathers in their "party cube", which is on the other side of my wall for birthday celebrations. They'll sit in there and chatter loudly for 2 hours and never have they offered me a conciliatory peice of cake.

I do work with a number of task-oriented, type A's who are easily annoyed by most of the fun that occurs in our office/department. My boss is one of these--he got mad when people stopped working on 9/11 to watch the news coverage. I think its very difficult for task and performance oriented individuals to work in cubland. They do much better in middle/upper managment where they can supervise from a distance and close the door when need be. Best wishes on landing that corner office!!
Oops. Cubland=Cubeland. nmKristin
Apr 11, 2003 8:07 AM
aren't they equivalent in north Chicago? nmmohair_chair
Apr 11, 2003 8:12 AM
Task oriented?Becky
Apr 11, 2003 8:16 AM
It's not that I hate fun. I recognize that we all work hard in a very stressful industry and need to blow off steam. What bothers me is, like Kristin said, I'm not included or I'm desperately trying to get something done so that I can work less than 50 hours that week. After all, there's riding to be done!
By the way, new corporate standard: no office for anyone, regardless of rank. How's that for motivation?
Ugh. No offices at all. How horrible?Kristin
Apr 11, 2003 8:26 AM
I think a better system would be to allow co-workers to nominate and vote their peers into offices! :-) Admit it, every cubezone has at least one worker who needs to be vanquised behind a closed door. For us its Jane, she complains loudly and unceasingly from 8am until 4:30 pm. She gets larengitis twice a year and it seems like heaven. When she asks you how you are, you run away, because its a trap. You've been caught in it before. You will be sucked into her web and she will inject you with a 30 minute discourse that works on your brain like a syrum. I don't care if she only makes $5/hour. She NEEDS an office. A sound proof one.
Friday rubber band wars?Spoke Wrench
Apr 11, 2003 8:28 AM
You ought to try driving a school bus. My pet peeve is that the schools actually have vending machines to sell the kids soda pop and surgary snacks. Then, after they contribute to getting the kids wired on a sugar high, they expect me to keep them calm, safe and orderly for a 45 minute school bus ride home.
I drove a bus for 2 years in collegeDougSloan
Apr 11, 2003 8:55 AM
Horrible, horrible job. Manage 45 kids while driving a big truck on slick roads while lines of kids push and shove each other into the street in front of you. Or, try to stop a 10 year old boy from beating up an 8 year old girl while driving down the highway at 50 mph (kicked him off permanently -- took him to the principal and said he'd never get on my bus again).

Doug
yes...but speaker phones are the worst.ColnagoFE
Apr 11, 2003 8:41 AM
also you get yahoos standing right outside your cube yakking away on cellphones as if they can just waltz into your workspace whenever they please.
Agreed!Becky
Apr 11, 2003 8:46 AM
Whoever invented the speakerphone ought to be shot!
speakerphones are great...just not in cubes (nm)ColnagoFE
Apr 11, 2003 8:55 AM
you would think so, however.....Becky
Apr 11, 2003 9:14 AM
My cubicle is located midway between two managers (in offices for the time being) who are about 30 feet apart. When they get on speakerphone with each other, it's like surround sound. They both speak loudly and have the volume on the speaker up extra loud.
When our office moves in the next 6 months and the "no offices for anyone" standard goes into effect.....I don't want to think about it....
re: calling all cubicle dwellerssnapdragen
Apr 12, 2003 8:10 AM
I'm lucky, I live in a cube, but I also have a computer room to retreat to -- with a locked door!!

My biggest peeve is the person next to me. He doesn't seem able to take a drink of tea without slurping and then gulping it down -- very noisily. Sounds kinda like my dog at the water bowl, only she's quieter. Maybe he wants us all to know how good it is. Add to that the wall shaking burps after lunch..........