Cube Dwellers

I’m sure to people setting up offices, cubes are a great idea. You can put a bunch of workstations in a big space without having to build interior walls or block out windows. You can easily rearrange the layout of office. Your employees are never far from the prying eyes and ears of the rest of your staff, so conceivably, they may even work more.

But cubes just feel wrong.

I have worked in an office with cubes before, but there were only 8 of us, we were all friends, we telecommuted 2 days a week so there were usually no more than 5 of us there at a time.

The clients I have been to recently are a different story. I have decided that you can tell how miserable people are with their cubes based on the volume of knicknacks and postcards they have decorating their space. Especially when they have an over abundance of kitschy objects made especially for cube dwellers, such as signs that read “How can I think outside of the box when I work in a cube?”

The more cubes there are, the less I could ever see myself working in the office.

Do any of you have strong opinions about the cube? Are they a good or bad addition to the workplace?

Are any of you cube-dwellers yourselves?

3 Comments on “Cube Dwellers

  1. I despise cubicle with a passion. My current cube is compressed! It’s only about 5×8 and I’m sitting about 2 feet away from my neighbor who is on the phone all the time. It’s ridiculous. Seriously, the company is making billions and billions of $$$ and they can’t uncompress my cube? Do you I sound bitter?…

  2. Also worth evaluating: cubes with and without walls. Or those with half-walls. You end up comparing three different office ‘eco systems’. Auditors are of course uniquely positioned to see the many different office environments clients are likely to have. Cube-farms are definitely in vogue – though big wide open offices seem to have been around for ages, of movies depicting “those days” have even a shred of accuracy about them.

  3. It’s a real tradeoff with cubes. If you have people reporting to you, it makes it tough in a cube. Even otherwise, it’s annoying and counter productive to be distracted by people talking, meeting, their phone calls, etc. No privacy.

    Having said that, with office space at a premium in terms of price, cubes are cheaper to have. Often it just won’t work for everyone to have an office with a door. But if you do have one after being a cube dweller for years, it’s a real difference. I have gone back and forth at different times: cube, office, cube, office.