Living life down on the [cube] farm.

cube farm

Did you ever want glasses or braces as a little kid? I can remember wanting them even though kids I knew that had them hated them… I kind of have had the same feelings about working in a cubical; I always wanted to even though friends of mine that had hated it. I wondered often how it would be to work in an open environment with cube mates. Would it be like Office Space? Maybe like Two for the Money-you know before Al Pacino moves Matthew McConaughey up. Well I finally had the opportunity to scope out this cube farm life… and just whoa. There are not a lot of cubicles where I am, but there are enough and because we are in a more open environment I have this daily anxiety that I’m disturbing everyone else. I’ve always been able to work/study in loud environments, but I don’t want to disturb others when they are working. My biggest challenge in this setting is not letting others distract me. When you are sitting in an open environment like this for some reason everyone wants to stop and chat. I’m so lucky to have the cubical that is by the entrance to the break room and the entrance into the plant. This means two things, everyone walks by me at some point in the day and if they are going into the plant they STOP and set ALL of their stuff on my desk while they put their hair net, beard net, hard hat, ear plugs, safety goggles and lab coat on. How do I cope with that? I put my ear buds in-even if I have no music going and focus on my computer screen, flash a smile and hope they keep moving. I have no personal items on my desk as I know they would never last with the constant storage my desk has to offer others. With this experience under my belt I cannot help but question who thought cube farms were a good idea? Where is such an environment the best setting for high productivity? Don’t get me wrong, I still get my work done, but some days it’s an extra challenge that I could do without.

How do you stay focused on the cube farm?

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Author: Kristina H. Minyard, SHRM-CP, PHR

My goal is to challenge the way we view, measure, and utilize HR and recruiting in a positive and encouraging way. I love working in HR and value the network of HR professionals that I also call friends. I'm always learning from my fellow HR pros and find comfort in their expertise. I'm an active member of my local SHRM chapter (NASHRM) and a total HR enthusiast! My HR related knowledge is a mix of recruiting, retaining, engaging and just plain helping people discover their passion. I'm a follower of Christ, Wife, Mom, Corporate Recruiter, Blogger, problem solver, runner, Sports FANATIC & Razorback surviving amongst the [crimson] tide! You can find me on twitter & Instagram: @HRecruit Snapchat: kminny32 Google+: https://plus.google.com/+KristinaMinyard LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kristinahutto/ Thoughts here (and on all my social media channels) are mine and do not represent the thoughts/beliefs of my employer. Why would I name my blog HR Pockets? Read about it in my first post years ago!!

One thought on “Living life down on the [cube] farm.”

  1. Saw this post when doing some research for my own microblog and decided to post because it made me laugh. How do I cope? Much the same way you did….headphones and the ability to take it in stride. At one point, I started making commandments (in my head) regarding cube life, so when I get real frustrated (or inspired) I write a little something about it.

    If you are willing, you can check it out here.
    http://cubefarmlife.tumblr.com/

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