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  • Oh the pain of it all!
    Lisa Lisa
    We have an open floor plan for our space (less all people GS-14 and above). All of our walls are fixed and go about 2/3's up the wall-seems to me that they could have continued upwards and stuck a sliding door even! My cube neighbor 2 squares over is so loud when he is on the phone! I have to email him to tell him to be quieter. Then there is the whole etiquette of cube living. People just "drop by" to deliver whatever piece of paper they have. We have in-boxes in our front lobby area but noone uses it. We dont have a door. We cant shut off the world around us to get work done. Dont get me wrong, I love my colleagues, but there are many times that the work I need to get done requires constant concentration for sometimes HOURS and because you dont have a door, people just stroll in and tell me about their weekend, their dates, etc. I love hearing them, but when I have time. When i approach a cube that I need to consult someone on something, I typically knock on the outside wall first and ask if they have a second. But often people dont do that. Maybe I need to adjust my pantihose, but cant do that because I dont have a door and need to go down the hall and around the corner (silly but what the heck). Forget having a conversation with anyone via phone or in person that is private or confidential. I think for me the worst is, if you have to discuss confidential information. What I say should not be heard by joe fed next to me. Noone likes cube living. You cant control when you want visitors and when you dont. There is no privacy, no quietness when quietness is due. I really think that before managers make the move to make their people work in squares, a serious conversation or email should be sent out that covers some cube etiquette. I realize that every corp in america does the cube thing because you can squeeze more people in a 10,000 sq ft space (often an 6x6 square) than with private office spaces. But often that is because they are in leased spaces and the cube walls are not fixed-can be easily disassembled and packed up to a new location. If we are in a fixed non-lease building (which I would think at LEAST 60% of fed gov is), then it seems if you already built out what is practically a private office 2/3's of the way up, why not finish it off? Its not like you have to pack up and move to another building. If we were telemarketers, or some administrative types that dont require a whole lot of file space, then sure. But like me, I manage construction projects, and created and maintain a few major programs that takes an UBER amount of file space. I dont have enough space to work let alone figure out where I am going to put this stuff. Thats on TOP of the fact that I have to work with numbers and spreadsheets for hours and if I lose my concentration, it takes awhile to get back in to the groove. Its a bit of a whiney piece which will pnly bring out whiney repsonses and I am sure someone will come along and say so what. It is what it is, but if given a wish list of things that would improve my working environment, a DOOR would be awesome. (and maybe a muzzle for the guy 2 cubes over)
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  • Headphones
    Baltimore Fed
    When I have to shut out office noise I resort to headphones and Windows Media Player. Not those cheap headphones from the Dollar Store but big 1960s-era headphones that look like the hearing protectors you wear when using a chainsaw, a firearm, or working on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Crank up some Jazz, Classic Rock, Folk, Celtic, Native Flute, Flamenco, anything to transport you away from the local noise and into that space where you can get something done for a change. If someone really needs to ask you something they'll come over when you don't answer rather than yelling from 30 feet away. Back in the early 70s I built a "Chatter Jammer" from a kit in Popular Electronics magazine. It was a small circuit that put out pink noise, a slightly narrower bandwidth than white noise. Al it was was static, but that, with two ear-pieces, served to block out most background noise and allow you to concentrate, where music might have distracted you. I saw the box around somewhere in my pile a while ago ...
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  • Headphone work for me. Work at home would be better.
    arignote
    I have a private office. Unfortunately the relatively new building (2004) was cheaply made. The noisy air conditioning runs continuously until 7:15 pm (even on colds days). The loud rumble can be heard in the hallway and most of the offices. In addition my office is next to a small meeting room, so I get to hear muffled conversations several hours a day. I also have no natural lighting. So I cope with two extra sweaters, my own lamps with daylight spectrum bulbs, an iPod and a set of noise blocking ear buds. We are only allowed to work at home one day a week so I switched to 10 hours days so I only have to be there 3 days a week.
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  • Noise and cubicles
    anonymous florida
    I hear you Lisa! I work in a similar environment. There are people on my team who just never stop talking -- to me it sounds like babbling all day. It does disturb my productivity and concentration; it is also dismotivating to hear others and know they are not working as I am, that I am the workhorse for my team without any appreciation. Most often the babbling is not about work, it is personal babble on the phone or between each other, or just inter-office gossip. I have asserted myself, but my efforts have been mostly futile. At least I got them to stop talking across the aisles and through the cubicle walls. Then, yes, there are those intrusive co-workers who feel it necessary to listen to my calls and conversations, and even butt in or discuss the matter later! How rude! Then there are the interruptions. Some are necessary, but most often not. An e-mail would be more effective! I don't incessantly interrupt my manager. I compile what I want to discuss and then wait for an appropriate time to discuss all the matters. But, my co-workers are consistently interruptive, calling out my name, which is totally annoying! I show my annoyance, but they continue on. All day.... Then there is the guy who likes to walk around and stand nearby and stare at me in my cubicle; since my back is towards him and I often don't know he's there until I turn around, this is actually "scarey". What can I say? Management does nothing, doesn't care. I often think that by raising these issues I am considered the problem. Hmph... No Lisa, it is not us, it's them. As for putting on ear phones... no, that doesn't work for me. It won't stop the interruptions. I have on occasion put a CD on my computer, just to calm myself, and let them know that I can make noise too. Hahahaha... they don't figure it out. So, if I can't concentrate due to the ince
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  • RE: Lurkers
    Baltimore Fed
    "Then there is the guy who likes to walk around and stand nearby and stare at me in my cubicle; since my back is towards him and I often don't know he's there until I turn around, this is actually "scarey". What can I say?" That's why I always re-arrange my cube so my screen does not face the aisle. We don't have anyone like that here, fortunately, but I want a certain amount of privacy, especially if I'm checking some personal email while on a lunch break. If you put on your earphones and crank up the volume loud enough so they can hear it too, you can pretend you don't hear or notice them. Try the soundtrack to "The Big Chill" for something to chill out to. :- )
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  • Noise and cubicles
    anonymous florida
    I hear you Lisa! I work in a similar environment. There are people on my team who just never stop talking -- to me it sounds like babbling all day. It does disturb my productivity and concentration; it is also dismotivating to hear others and know they are not working as I am, that I am the workhorse for my team without any appreciation. Most often the babbling is not about work, it is personal babble on the phone or between each other, or just inter-office gossip. I have asserted myself, but my efforts have been mostly futile. At least I got them to stop talking across the aisles and through the cubicle walls. Then, yes, there are those intrusive co-workers who feel it necessary to listen to my calls and conversations, and even butt in or discuss the matter later! How rude! Then there are the interruptions. Some are necessary, but most often not. An e-mail would be more effective! I don't incessantly interrupt my manager. I compile what I want to discuss and then wait for an appropriate time to discuss all the matters. But, my co-workers are consistently interruptive, calling out my name, which is totally annoying! I show my annoyance, but they continue on. All day.... Then there is the guy who likes to walk around and stand nearby and stare at me in my cubicle; since my back is towards him and I often don't know he's there until I turn around, this is actually "scarey". What can I say? Management does nothing, doesn't care. I often think that by raising these issues I am considered the problem. Hmph... No Lisa, it is not us, it's them. As for putting on ear phones... no, that doesn't work for me. It won't stop the interruptions. I have on occasion put a CD on my computer, just to calm myself, and let them know that I can make noise too. Hahahaha... they don't figure it out. So, if I can't concentrate due to the ince
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