Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Rudeness Cubed

A local movie theater chain created an in-theater PSA using a voice mail from a customer who was unhappy for being kicked out of the theater for texting during the movie (which is against that company's rules). How great that this company could turn a lemon into lemonade.

I have the unfortunate honor of sitting in a cube at my office. There are many unwritten rules of etiquette for those who work in cubes, most of which include pretending not to hear what is going on around you.

Everyone must occasionally make a personal phone call at work and your coworkers should make an effort not to listen. However, it's just rude to speak louder than necessary, whether on the phone or having a conversation with a coworker. I have had to listen to coworkers loudly discuss their medical conditions, family problems, and even endured MONTHS of a coworker constantly on the phone dealing with all kinds of issues as her house was being built.

Please spare your cube mates from this fate. Better to seek out a private area, such as a conference room, to handle short personal calls during work. And of course, you should keep personal calls to a minimum while on the clock.

So be professional about your personal calls and conversations. Your cubemates will thank you.

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