We came across a funny infographic on Pinterest a couple of weeks ago. In it, “Five O’ Clock Fred” opines the 8 drawbacks of working in a cubicle. In the spirit of a humorous response, we present: the 5 benefits of working in a cubicle that’s equipped with panel extenders.
Benefit #1 – You Get to Be Selfish
With noise-blocking panel extenders, coworkers are less likely to hear you eating candy. An acoustic panel dampens the sound of rustling candy wrappers, the squeak of the drawer hiding your candy stash, or the crunch of a Kit-Kat bar. If you hate to share your candy, the cubicle is a great place to eat it!
Benefit #2 – You Can Enjoy Extra Vacation Time
In an open office plan with low dividers, people get in the habit of casually spying on one another. But with higher cubicle walls, you could fail to show up for days at a time with no one the wiser. Of course, you do want people to come looking for you eventually. Don’t turn into one of those news stories where no one notices a dead employee in a cubicle. Come to think of it, maybe you should share your candy more just so coworkers will care enough to notice that you’re gone…
Benefit #3 – You Can Keep Your Weirdness Under Wraps
Number 8 in the original pinned image says if you talk to yourself in a cubicle, everyone pops their head up over the wall because they assume you are talking to them. Of course, in a cubicle with walls low enough for people to see over, coworkers usually can hear you if you are talking to yourself. That’s yet one more reason to install panel extenders that help block sound. You have the privacy to carry on a conversation with yourself to your heart’s content without being rudely interrupted.