4 Ways to Make Your Cubicle More Private

Just about everyone wants a big office with nice furniture and an appealing view out the windows, but few people actually have that. In government, the standard workspace is a cubicle which is rarely big, has cheap furniture and seldom has a window with or without a nice view.

Cubicles are semi-private. Co-workers generally have to make an effort to look into others’ cubicles, but they can often catch peripheral vision glimpses passing by. Noises and smells are completely public, so flatulence and reheated salmon are everyone’s business.

So, how do you make a semi-private workspace a little more private? Try some of these ideas

Face Your Monitor Away From the Entrance

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Your computer monitor shows everyone what you’re doing, whether it's legitimate business or something personal. To avoid others eyeing what is on your monitor, face it away from the entrance.

Your cubicle may be designed to have the computer placed in the corner opposite the entrance, so you may have to get creative with your monitor’s placement. The arrangement might make working a little uncomfortable, but you have to make the decision on whether ergonomics or privacy is more important. 

Place a Mirror So You Can See Behind You

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No matter where you sit in your cubicle, something is behind you. To avoid unwanted surprises, place a mirror where you can see behind you.

This is especially important if your back is to the entrance. Your cubicle should be inviting to visitors, but you don’t want them startling you each time they drop in on you.    

Use a Headset for Conference Calls and Webinars

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Using a headset for conference calls and webinars serves two purposes. First, it keeps you from using the speakerphone feature on your desk phone. This maintains the privacy of your call’s content, and it prevents you from annoying your neighbors with long, distracting phone calls.

The second reason to use a headset is to save you from holding the phone’s handset up to your head for extended periods of time.  

Make Personal Calls From a Conference Room

Since just about everyone has a mobile phone, it is easy to divert personal calls away from your business phone. If you need to make a personal call while at work, duck into a conference room or a vacant hallway to avoid your neighbors speculating about your next doctor visit, automobile repair or handyman service. They don’t need to know, and in most cases, they don’t want to know.