Add to the lack of privacy the fact I am a new employee and have very little to do, meaning most of my time at 'work' is spent idle. I am transitioning from a programmer to a Sys Admin so there is plenty of reading for me but one can only ingest so much technical reading a day...so most of my day is spent surfing the internet. Surfing the net with nine people (plus anyone who walks in) looking over your shoulder would make me self conscious were it not for the fact I am a state employee (short of gross misconduct I am here to stay) and I am not the only person with nothing to do....the coworker right next to me sleeps after lunch! Literally leans back in her chair and goes to sleep. Despite all that I still find myself in the old cube habit of keeping a 'work' window open to quickly click on when I think someone is paying attention to me....
Things I miss about a cubicle:
- white board - no room for one...I miss drawing out ideas and just doodling
- space - my own space, with a mini-frig, a small fish tank, room for my Lego's, a bonsai tree and a place to make a collage of pictures from home (I am not allowed to use thumb tacks of the permanent walls here I was told)
- cubicle as an office - sounds contradictory but when I sat is a cubicle I felt comfortable spreading out my books (when I was still a student) and balancing my check book or any other paperwork from home...I don't do that anymore since it would be obvious I am not 'working'
- cubicle clicks - with cubicles there is a place to hang out with your work friends, no matter how crowded, people would still jam into a cubicle to bullshit with there coworkers....without walls everyone is in the conversation
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