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Make Some Lemonade: Get the most from your cubicle office set-up

September 18th, 2014

In many ways, cubicles can be great. Their open designs promote teamwork, simplify access, open up work space and help build office relationships.

But, they can also be noisy and hamper concentration. They don’t allow for much privacy, and all that openness can lead to “over-sharing” (sometimes, employees don’t want to smell what co-workers are eating for lunch, or hear about their plans for the weekend).

If your team works in a cubicle environment, you need to make the best of it. These tips from TRUE Group will help you boost focus and maximize productivity, so you can all thrive in an open environment:

  • Encourage employees to discuss personal issues in non-work areas. Employees are going to talk about what’s going on in their life with their co-workers. It’s human nature. Suggest that they save these personal conversations, especially troubling ones, for the break room – or better yet, after hours.
  • Separate work and food. Food smells easily waft over cubicle walls and can be distracting (or downright annoying) to co-workers. Give your employees a separate place to enjoy their meals away from the noses of those who are actively working.
  • Remind employees of the importance of cleanliness. When nobody has an office door to selectively close, appearance and hygiene are a higher priority. Tactfully remind staff members to take care of grooming in the restroom (flossing at one’s desk is a big “no.”).
  • Promote a clean work environment. Germs, especially airborne ones, spread more easily in an open work environment. Schedule time and provide supplies for employees to regularly clean their cubes. Require contagious employees to stay home until they are well.
  • Dedicate private space for focus work. Make sure your staff has access to a quiet, closed-door location they can reserve for activities that require concentration or privacy.
  • Set ground rules for cubicle etiquette. Then share them with your employees! As you bring on new staff, realize that they may not understand the “rules of engagement” when it comes to an open floor plan. Train your team on your cubicle code of conduct and share frequent reminders in memos, emails and even your company newsletter.

Another great way to boost your company’s productivity? Provide the support your team needs to stay focused on their most important tasks. As a leading South Carolina staffing agency, TRUE Group can quickly deliver the talented individuals you need to remove bottlenecks, fill last-minute staff gaps and alleviate burnout. Give us a call today to learn more.


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