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How to Practice Good Etiquette in Your Cubicle

Being a good neighbor is just as important in the office as it is at home.


  • Step 1: Be quiet Noise from neighboring cubicles is the number one complaint of the office-less, so keep your voice down.
  • Step 2: Attend personal needs out of sight Attend to personal needs like fixing wedgies, picking tuna out of your teeth, and clipping nails in a more appropriate venue—like the restroom.
  • TIP: Keep your shoes on. Even if your tootsies smell sweet, bare or stocking feet aren't appropriate in a professional setting.
  • Step 3: Don't make personal calls Make personal phone calls outside or in a vacant room with a door you can close. Nobody wants to hear you leaving messages for your cat.
  • TIP: Be deaf to your colleagues' personal conversations. Don't reference anything you overheard and, for heaven's sake, don't throw in your two cents.
  • Step 4: No offensive-smelling food If you eat at your desk, make sure your meal doesn't include anything offensive or strong-smelling.
  • FACT: About 40 million people work in cubicles, and in 2001 the average worker had 355 square feet of office space.

You Will Need

  • A cubicle
  • Nearby cubicle dwellers
  • And some common sense

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