Working in a cubicle is not easy.

Every few minutes there is always some type of interruption happening. Whether it’s Charlie dogging off about his weekend in Bermuda, or Denise having a loud, vocal breakup over the phone. Then there are the routine supervisor visits, followed by the ever baneful “meeting in the conference room”. Perish the thought if your cube is right next to the copier, restroom or break room.

When I worked in a cubicle, I would make it a point to come in early just to have a few hours of focus time to get stuff done. I know that some folks stay late every night for the same reason – it’s just impossible to get work done when everyone’s there. (And I’m the type of person that can’t get any work done listening to music. I need quiet and solitude for me to think.)

On the other hand, distractions like e-mail and web browsers weren’t a problem for me at work. I’d simply open them once every few hours to check for important messages, then close them when finished.

How do you feel about workforce distractions? Do you agree, or disagree? Why? Why not? If you work in a cubicle, how do you cope with all the bombardment?

Post your thoughts in the comments section.


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  • JeremyReply
    July 16, 2008 at 11:12 am

    I work in a cubicle, but in a call center. Its pretty much required that everyone talk to their caller, so its part of the job. Most people are pretty quiet though, so its not a big deal.

  • BenReply
    July 16, 2008 at 11:16 am

    I work at a retreat center and don’t spend all my work time at a desk. Normally my desk/office is in my bedroom and I can relax, listen to music, and enjoy the space. I also work in other parts of campus throughout the day, including the Bookstore, dishwasher, and more. And I’m constantly surrounded by a community of special people: farmers, office administrators, chefs, etc.; people are smiley and often available to chat at random moments to keep the day flowing.

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