Office cubicles are known for many things: saving space, and promoting productivity, providing Scott Adams with a career. They are not known for being particularly conducive to individuality, however. Nor are they necessarily the most livable of all possible office spaces.
All of that is about to change, though, because we have a few easy ideas that will make your cubicle feel as spacious and comfy as the CEO’s office. (And not just because he’s likely, these days, to be working in a cube himself.)
1. Watch Your Back
It turns out, you were right: You really do work better with your back to the wall. In this case, though, we mean with your back facing the wall, i.e., away from open spaces. This makes perfect sense to anyone who’s ever had coworkers who like to pop up behind them unannounced.
2. Change Something
You don’t need to make big changes to give yourself a sense of control over your environment. Experts advise making small adjustments — changing the height of your desk chair, or adding a fan or a lamp — in order to feel like you’re in charge of your space.
3. Make It Personal
You spend more time in your cubicle than you do in your own bed, so it makes sense that you’d want to feel at home in your workspace. One of the to accomplish this is to add personal mementos, such as pictures of family, to your cubicle.
4. Keep It Down
Ask any cubicle dweller what’s the hardest part of working there, and they’ll most likely tell you that it’s the noise. To combat this, consider buying noise-cancelling headphones. You can listen to music, if you’re the type who can work and groove at the same time, or play white noise to offset conversations around you. Also, be a good neighbor, and conduct your own phone calls and lengthy conversations in a conference room or other common space.
5. Buy Yourself Toys
Cubicle toys are one of those things that seem totally dumb and cliched … until you work in an office. Then they seem like a genuine expression of joie de vive and totally necessary to your personal happiness. Some folks even claim that they relieve stress. In any case, you deserve some fun in your work day. Get yourself a toy or two.