Survive the Modern Day Cube Farm With Screenflex

Screenflex cubical products from Worthington Direct, www.worthingtondirect.com, make today’s cube workplace more productive and enjoyable. Here’s a short handbook about how to be a good cubicle neighbor.

  • Do not barge into someone’s cubicle space. Seek permission with a “knock” on the partition. Or try for some eye contact that tells you, “Yes, I can talk now.”
  • When walking by, refrain from glancing into everyone’s space, craning your neck to see over partitions or staring at computer screens. And it’s always bad form to hold impromptu meetings next to someone’s cubicle wall.
  • Go to the supply closet rather than “borrow” office provisions from other people’s desks.
  • Even though you can clearly hear others’ phone conversations, they are private. Don’t comment or ask questions about them.
  • Leave voice mail or send e-mail when you want to talk to someone who’s on the phone. It’s not appropriate to stare at them until they hang up.
  • Your phone is a marvelous piece of technology. Keep your voice low and you’ll still be heard on the other end. Some exuberant people must develop a softer telephone voice.
  • Put your telephone ringer on low and do the same with your computer volume. Better yet, mute your computer. Pagers and cell phones should be on vibrate.
  • For private phone conversations use your cell phone away from the office or use a telephone in an unoccupied meeting room.
  • Meet with clients and other guests in a conference room or other area away from the cube farm.
  • Give a thought as to whether your office decorations, which are in plain view, might offend someone.
  • Try not to shout questions or regale co-workers with anecdotes over the partitions.
  • Restrain yourself from popping gum, clipping fingernails, cracking knuckles, smacking while eating, singing, drumming fingers or nervous tapping of any kind and refreshing your cologne. Phew.

Built for durability and versatility, Screenflex boasts anodized hinges; sound absorbing panels, self-leveling casters and control hinges locking panels in place. With a wide variety of fabrics, colors and sizes available, these room dividers will undoubtedly enhance and maximize the space in any office. Visit Worthington Direct at www.worthingtondirect.com to find room dividers offering your employees the best in sound diverting, visually appealing office partitions! Click here or on the picture to see and learn more about Screenflex products.

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Cubicle Etiquette Is Key

They call it a cube farm, but sometimes it’s more like a zoo. Office workers sitting at desks in close proximity behind short partitions. The atmosphere can devolve into mayhem. Sometimes the general hubbub isn’t what’s so bad. It’s the stuff going on in the cubicles next door, from the loud phone conversations to the unwelcome effect of a co-worker kicking off his shoes. Worthington Direct features cubicles, room dividers, desks and chairs that maximize office space while still providing a comfortable, functional work environment.

Cubicles make you “accessible, vulnerable and more likely to intrude on the space of others, if you’re not careful,” said Susan Fenner, professional development manager with the International Association of Administrative Professionals in Kansas City. And the workplace trend toward maximum use of precious office space isn’t going away, she said. In other words, don’t hold your breath for a corner office, or any office.

Here’s a short handbook, compiled from suggestions by Fenner and others, about how to be a good cubicle neighbor. We’ve tentatively titled it, “Don’t Clip Your Fingernails and Other Rules for Cubicle Harmony.”

•Do not barge into someone’s cubicle space. Seek permission with a “knock” on the partition. Or try for some eye contact that tells you, “Yes, I can talk now.”

•As a passer-by, refrain from glancing into everyone’s space, craning your neck to see over partitions or staring at computer screens, thank you very much.

•Go to the supply closet rather than “borrow” office provisions from other people’s desks.

•Even though you can clearly hear others’ phone conversations, they are private. Don’t comment or ask questions about them.

•Leave voice mail or an e-mail (or drop a handwritten note) when you want to talk to someone who’s on the phone. It’s not cool to stare at them until they hang up.

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School Furniture On The Move

by Michael Fickes
Is built-in school furniture becoming a thing of the past?

As the interior designer worked her way down the furniture punch list at the then new Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, Kan., she marveled at all the furniture moving through the halls. The school was preparing to open (in September of 2003) and the district’s facilities department was swapping furniture among rooms to get ready.

The custodial staff was moving desks, chairs, and storage cabinets out of a classroom and carting it off. Other workers were carrying lightweight conference tables and a wheeling a custom-made console with electrical and data connections into the room.

The school had just inked an agreement to offer students a distance-learning language lab through a university two hours away. Fortunately, the school’s flexible furniture design made it possible to design and build a distance learning language lab in a couple hours.
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School Furniture On The Move

This article discusses how the changes in school furniture design are actually helping schools in many ways.  School administrators and designers are able to move furniture around the classrooms based on ever changing curriculum needs instead of having to discard and re-buy furniture.  Buying moveable furniture provides the school the ability to offer more flexibility in school classroom design

 

School Furniture On The Move

 

by Michael Fickes 

Is built-in school furniture becoming a thing of the past?

As the interior designer worked her way down the furniture punch list at the then new Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, Kan., she marveled at all the furniture moving through the halls. The school was preparing to open (in September of 2003) and the district’s facilities department was swapping furniture among rooms to get ready.

The custodial staff was moving desks, chairs, and storage cabinets out of a classroom and carting it off. Other workers were carrying lightweight conference tables and a wheeling a custom-made console with electrical and data connections into the room.

The school had just inked an agreement to offer students a distance-learning language lab through a university two hours away. Fortunately, the school’s flexible furniture design made it possible to design and build a distance learning language lab in a couple hours.

“They didn’t have to hire anyone to come in and rip stuff out of the wall; they just moved it,” says the designer, Pegge Breneman, IIDA, who heads up the interior design department at the Hollis & Miller Group, an architectural firm in Overland Park, Kan.

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