4 Things You Should Never Keep in Your Cubicle
The saying “dress for the job you want, not the one you have” can be applied to how one dresses up his or her own cubicle space. Each cubicle sanctuary in each corporate office is, after all, on stark display for nosy, impressionable coworkers milling about, formulating harsh passerby opinions. I’m not encouraging you to become paranoid about all of the knick knacks populating your cubicle, but we’re definitely not endorsing haphazard cubicle habits either.
For starters, consider ridding your work station of the following. Because these are 4 things you should never keep in your cubicle!
1) Perfumed/Smelly Anything: Sometimes, we get so immersed in our work that we forget about our fellow coworkers, slaving away within the confining cubicles alongside our own. Common courtesy of shared office space means respecting the comforts of your cubicle neighbors. This sounds kind of silly, but, actually, controlling the release of certain odors at your cubicle is definitely an important, understated hallmark of cubicle etiquette. For example, we recently cracked open a sample of lotion from Sephora and, literally, the whole office could not only smell its baby powdery scent, but also knew that it came from yours truly (very embarrassing). Odors happen (we’re human- it’s okay!), but it’s best to avoid embarrassing yourself by keeping your products unscented and eating offensive smelling lunches outside of your cubicle. You want to get noticed for your exceptional productivity, not your stinky stink.
2) Your smart phone/cell phone: Your smart phone should always be on silent and tucked away in either your purse or desk drawer. When an employer sees that your smart phone is chilling on your desk, he/she will most likely think that you are just as dedicated to your text messages and Instagram feed as you are to your work. It looks unprofessional and slacker-ish. Unless it’s an absolute emergency, just put your cell phone away until your lunch break.
3) Too many sticky notes: Everyone I know at the Shoplet office very much hearts their sticky notes… but, if you’re like us and love your sticky notes a little bit too much, they can pile up everywhere, turning your cubicle into a total mess. A cubicle cluttered with sticky notes not only looks disorganized, but also can get you, the cubicle mouse, feeling a bit overwhelmed and stressed out…like, there’s too many “to-do” list and “check this out” notes for you to deal with for the day! Worse, if your employer notices that you have too many sticky notes cluttering your desk, he or she might jump to the conclusion that you yourself are a chaotic, disorderly worker. Try to avoid sticky note abuse by limiting yourself to a maximum of three sticky notes per day.
4) Too many “pop-able,” caloric snacks: We know that sounds a little cliché and, perhaps, a little redundant, but snacking on Halloween “fun-sized” candies at your desk can not only be calorically dangerous, but also might (theoretically speaking) reflect negatively upon your work ethic. Many office dwellers nowadays take pride in their health and grooming habits and (rather pompously, in my opinion) look down upon unhealthy snackers. Many are inclined to equate a lack of concern for physical health to overall lethargy…and you don’t want to be viewed as sluggish when your boss is considering you for a possible promotion. Sitting at a cubicle all day long is bad enough for your heart, so mindlessly ingesting food that worsens your health & hinders your professional mobility is a big no-no. Try to stock up on tasty fuel food alternatives instead, like “pop-able” cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, and berries.
Any other suggestions as to what we should clear out of our cubicle spaces? Let’s discuss in the comments below!