|Work Cubicles: Advantages and Disadvantages of Open Office and How to Show the Right Etiquette|
"Take a look at these advantages and disadvantages of the cubicle work station setup."
Work cubicles are a late 21st century invention. It was cartoonist Dilbert who thought of it as having auspicious potential that can save office space and, perhaps, help in productivity. Or will it? Yet, despite the brewing debate on the practicability of cubicle work stations, looks like this invention is here to stay even with the increasing trend of home-based jobs and freelance work.
The work cubicle has become the standard office setup, even for executives, today. Those who are "living" in cubicle work stations know too well, though, the issues besetting them everyday. One of the most common complaints among employees is this: "My cubicle at work is too open it is a venue for distractions." Evidently, all inventions have benefits and downsides. Take a look at these advantages and disadvantages of the cubicle work station setup.
Work cubicles proponents say these are the benefits of cubicle work stations:
Meanwhile, like all other inventions, the work cubicle has its downsides:
Research indicates that the cubed environment puts a restriction on creativity as well. Although creativity works well in an outdoor environment, with fresh air and open space, and since this is not always feasible, you can prop up your cubicle at work by rearranging your stuff or putting decors on your cubicle walls to cure drabness.
The work cubicle configuration is far from being perfect and it might nearly qualify as one of the inventions people will soon want to make obsolete, it looks like office employees will have to contend with it for now. For its downsides, humans as we are, finding solution to maximize its potential seems a temporary solution.