The Four Ps of Cubicle Etiquette

August 16, 2012

Cubicle etiquette The other day a friend was sharing a story with me about an issue she was having with a co-worker’s cubicle “manners.” My friend is highly sensitive to perfume and aerosols, and her co-worker, who works in the cubicle next to her, is very cautious about germs. The co-worker keeps a can of Lysol in her desk, and after each visitor leaves her cubicle she douses the area in her cubicle with the fragrant anti-bacterial spray.

The dilemma, as you can tell, is that the opposing fumes seep over the top of the cubicle wall, exposing my friend to the odor—causing her discomfort.

The dilemma, as you can tell, is that the opposing fumes seep over the top of the cubicle wall, exposing my friend to the odor—causing her discomfort.

So, what is the etiquette in this situation? Use scent-free products. Emily Post said it best when she said, “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others.”

As we are often in situations where we have to work in close quarters, I thought it would be a good idea to share some more “cubicle etiquette” tips.

Here are the four “Ps” of cubicle etiquette.

PRIVACY

PCS

PHONES

PROFESSIONALISM

Do you have an example of poor cubicle etiquette that you’ve experienced in the workplace? Love for you to share it with us!

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2 Responses to The Four Ps of Cubicle Etiquette

  1. The Worst: January 23, 2013 at 7:49 am

    The worst is when someone yells across cubicles either for you or someone else.

  2. Susan: March 1, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Oh my goodness I agree, a co-worker and I just had it out and I said I didn’t like her yelling over the cubicle at me. You should have seen her face, well now it is even more awkward working there. Once I was on the phone and I’m not loud and said to the person phone this co-worker. Well this co-worker(next cubicle) heard and said ‘who was that’? Oh dear…..what does one do?

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