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Using your office cube as a mixed media scrapbook

Expressing your inner whimsy, religious beliefs and credo for life; tacking up images of all the Gifts the Lord has Blessed you with; jars of candy placed near the aisle...

Why do people do this? It's not your home, and you're not 14.

by Debireply 6401/08/2013

I don't understand this nonsense either. And it's almost always the fraus that do this stuff. Men might have a few family pics up and that's it.

I can understand wanting to personalize your space a little, but FFS, the fraus go way overboard with all the shit they decorate their cubes with: They've got a picture of their wedding day, pictures of all their kids at some school event or playing sports, a daily inspirational quote calendar, a plaque that has some religious scripture on it, etc.

Then of course there are the fraus who turn their cubes into a shrine for some fascination they have - one has her cube decorated ENTIRELY with Betty Boop memorabilia, and it's creepy. Another is a New Age freak who has feng shui and "magical" stones all over.

by Debireply 101/06/2013

You ought be able to carry that which is important to you within your head for the work day, and not need a visual reminder of it constantly. If you do need it, stick it in a drawer. And leave your happy meal toy at home.

by Debireply 201/06/2013

At a law firm where I worked, it used to annoy me that lawyers would have photos of their wedding taken 25, 30, and 40 years earlier displayed in their office, as if to proclaim to everyone - I am normal! I am reliable!

Any weddings photos in lawyer offices no matter from how long ago (even 5 or 10 or 15 years ago) annoy me.

And yes, some secretaries at the law firm went way overboard in decorating their cubicles with ridiculous decorative garbage.

by Debireply 301/06/2013

Wedding photos should never be displayed anywhere!

And should not be displayed in homes either!

Can't stand to see wedding photos prominently displayed in homes - very tacky.

Wedding photos belong in photo albums.

by Debireply 401/06/2013

If I were sitting next to that cube I'd knock that action figure shit right off the partition.

by Debireply 501/06/2013

R4 I agree - the "showing off" of wedding photos (especially at work) looks SOOOOO tacky and cheesy.

Keep your personal life at home.

by Debireply 601/06/2013

YUP. I hate this shit too. It's where you work, and you're not CUTE by having stuffed animals, snow globes, jesus bs and jars of candy within reach of your grubby little hands. It's TACKY. But you KNOW the frau that inhabits this thinks she's the coolest thing ever. And of course, she's got Dunkin Donuts too, 'cause I like my sugars.'

by Debireply 701/06/2013

Where's Roz when you need her? "An office that looks efficient is efficient - as Mr. Hart says."

by Debireply 801/06/2013

R7 Wow, that picture is scary!

One thing that fucking PISSES ME OFF is the inconsiderate fraus that bring a radio into work and have their shitty music playing at their desk for everyone else to hear. That should NOT be allowed. If you want to hear music, put on some fucking headphones. If I'm trying to work, I don't want to hear your shitty country or Top 40 station with endless commericals and annoying DJ's talking about stupid shit.

by Debireply 901/06/2013

[quote]Where's Roz when you need her? "An office that looks efficient is efficient - as Mr. Hart says."

Still alive bitches!

by Debireply 1001/06/2013

Wow. That looks like my cubicle next to mine.

by Debireply 1101/06/2013

On the plus side, it might be a safe place to keep your George Cukor box set.

by Debireply 1201/06/2013

Are those children's books littering the upper shelves in R7's photo?! Also, I spy three coffee mugs. She's clearly homeless and has moved into her cube.

"I likes ma sugars"

by Debireply 1301/06/2013

The three coffee mugs I understand. It means she's been there for at least three Christmases

by Debireply 1401/06/2013

I think people do it to stay sane.

This office/cubicle environment is not normal for human beings. Office workers are literally like lab rats.

For men, their sole purpose in the office environment is to flirt with, and check out which women they want to fuck.

For women, they create a homey environment with pictures of kids and family, in a sort of nurturing way.

You think this is by accident? Not at all. It's merely an adaptation of what we would "normally" be doing in prehistoric times, had we not become this awful corporate, media oversaturated society.

What it all boils down to is that men will always do what men do, and women will always do what women do. Because we can't help it. It's DNA coded into us.

Women may TRY to act like men in our modern society, and men may TRY to be less barbaric in our modern society, but at our very core, we are who we were thousands of years ago.

In other words, the scenery has changed, but we're still the same.

So don't be too hard on the fraus.

by Debireply 1501/06/2013

The cube experience is very isolating for many. Sometimes, they need others to see who they "really" are, because most don't feel like their job titles. Other times, they use the decor to remind themselves who they really are, and what they are outside of the office.

Many men do this -- many more women do it because they are still relatively new to the working world, and it can be jarring for them.

In the lawyer post above, decor can be used to further market services, but after working in the Silicon Valley, I noticed the worst companies had the best lobbies.

by Debireply 1601/06/2013

[quote]Many men do this -- many more women do it because they are still relatively new to the working world, and it can be jarring for them.

Welcome, time traveler from 1950

by Debireply 1701/06/2013

It absolutely IS an adaptation. Cube dwellers are made to feel like drones. They have no opportunity to express their individuality. If decorating their pathetic little cages helps them stay sane, I don't see anything wrong with it.

by Debireply 1801/06/2013

Sorry r17 -- women are still relatively new to the male constructs of work hierarchy. I'm talking on an evolutionary scale.

by Debireply 1901/06/2013

What do these people do for a living? How do they accomplish anything that requires concentration?

Don't make excuses for these childlike people.

by Debireply 2001/06/2013

R20 Exactly. People need to stop with all the excuses.

Think of cashiers, restaurant servers, construction workers, factory workers, plumbers, electricians, and several other occupations that don't even have the luxury of having their own personal space. They manage just fine without all these stupid little knick-knacks, so why can't cube workers? They should be happy they have their own personal space.

by Debireply 2101/06/2013

I couldn't work with all that shit on my desk, it would be too much of a distraction.

by Debireply 2201/06/2013

I got called in for not decorating my office -- by my (male) boss with large posters of kittens all over his walls.

by Debireply 2301/06/2013

[R23], how many pieces of flair did he want you to have?

by Debireply 2401/06/2013

of course there's a Dunkin Donuts box in r7's pic.

by Debireply 2501/06/2013

I think that gays and lesbians should decorate their cubes with multi-colored dildos.

by Debireply 2601/06/2013

That sounds familiar, R24. Is that from a movie?

by Debireply 2701/06/2013

It's from Office Space, R27. A movie that is all too painfully true to life.

by Debireply 2801/06/2013

The ones with NOTHING but the papers that they're working on are creepier than most decorated cubes. Nothing, not even a calendar or a jazzy mousepad. Unless, speaking of mice, they're Disney freaks. Disney decorated cubes are the creepiest.

by Debireply 2901/06/2013

Thanks, R28. LOL. Now I remember. Here's a clip:

by Debireply 3001/06/2013

What's a "cube"?

by Debireply 3101/06/2013

R31= self-loathing queen

by Debireply 3201/06/2013

The "frau" who inhabits r7's cube is a young male graphic designer in NYC

by Debireply 3301/06/2013

When I worked in an ad agency, a quirky, individualized cubicle was nearly mandatory. When I switched to technical writing, nothing but a calendar and work-related crap was allowed. Even your coffee mug had to have the company logo.

Now I work at home and my work space is sort of midway between these 2 extremes.

by Debireply 3401/06/2013

That annotated cubicle is cleverly explained. Artsy types always get a pass.

Thanks for the link, R33.

by Debireply 3501/06/2013

Haha. R33's link shut this thread down quickly.

by Debireply 3601/06/2013

[quote]The ones with NOTHING but the papers that they're working on are creepier than most decorated cubes. Nothing, not even a calendar or a jazzy mousepad.

I never saw the point of putting personal stuff around one's cube when you could be sacked at any time and stuck packing your things with everyone staring. The hell with that. I got laid off from a job and the guy told me that I could come back the next day to get my things. As if. I grabbed my purse and coat and was out the door in a flash.

If you're part of some horrible cube farm where people think you're weird if you have nothing in your cube, you could always get a couple cactuses and put a xerox of a photo or two in dollar store frames. Easy in, easy out.

Part of my travel-light philosophy came from having done quite a bit of temp work. Thank God I'm self-employed now.

by Debireply 3701/06/2013

My office assistant has her own small office with big windows looking onto a common area. She has at least 20 pictures of her daughter. Her work space is otherwise neat and business like. She is an invaluable employee, and if that is what she wants, she can have it. I do draw the line at shiny crappy Christmas decorations, which she would have all over the place if she could.

by Debireply 3801/06/2013

[quote]I never saw the point of putting personal stuff around one's cube when you could be sacked at any time and stuck packing your things with everyone staring. The hell with that. I got laid off from a job and the guy told me that I could come back the next day to get my things. As if. I grabbed my purse and coat and was out the door in a flash.


Just last month, I had been working at a shitty ass job for a few months that didn't pay shit and the guy I worked for was an ASSHOLE, so I knew it was only a matter of time before I quit. Sure enough, this guy finally made me reach my limit and I said, "Fuck this shit! I quit!" and all I had to do was get my coat, my cup, and a few personal papers, and I was out the door.

If I would've had a cube full of personal shit, I would have first had to of found some boxes, spent at least 10 minutes packing all the shit up, and then possibly have to make a few trips back and forth taking the boxes to my car, while all the nosey fraus would've loved watching the show.

No thanks. Simple is better.

by Debireply 3901/06/2013

Women always do that kinda crap OP. It's disturbing to say the least.

by Debireply 4001/06/2013

My mother got canned in a mass layoff after she'd been employed ten years. They had security guards escorting people out like criminals. Since she didn't keep any personal crap at her desk, she was able to slip out a side door and avoid being frogmarched.

by Debireply 4101/06/2013

You know, I'm one of those solitary worker bees who doesn't have any personal stuff on my desk and am just there to work. I suspect that although people here are picking on those who litter their desks with personal paraphernalia, I would arouse even more suspicion from those same people.

Oh, and r15, take your condescending attitude toward women and shove it up your ass.

by Debireply 4201/06/2013

It's difficult for me not to discount someone who has a ridiculously personalized office or cubicle -- like that in R7's photo (and the explanation in R33's annotated photo doesn't improve my impression.)

A workspace needn't look like some idealized spartan image of the driest 1950s accountant's desk, but neither should it look like the aftermath of an explosion at a South of the Border gift shop.

And yes, it only makes sense that "creatives" and some others whose work may indeed be different by nature will have different looking workspaces -- but not a chaos of cheap plastic shit, Bible verses, extensive galleries of family photos, and tacky kitsch that reflects poorly on the individual and the organization.

by Debireply 4301/06/2013


by Debireply 4401/06/2013

This is what the Zappos office looks like. This is their CEO, Tony Hsieh.

by Debireply 4501/06/2013

R45 What a fucking mess! How can he even concentrate?

by Debireply 4601/06/2013

OMG r45! I am so OCD about clutter and messy spaces that that office would give me major anxiety. I couldn't work there.

by Debireply 4701/06/2013

Bitching about it is just as juvenile.

by Debireply 4801/06/2013

Tony Hsieh = culture cult freak

by Debireply 4901/06/2013

I'm glad I have my own office. I keep it pretty sparse though. You'd be hard pressed to tell I'm not a Cyclon that doesn't like fingah mahks.

by Debireply 5001/06/2013

R51 = Cube-frau

Run back to your IMDB boards now.

by Debireply 5201/06/2013

I don't call them cube-fraus. I like to keep it gender neutral. I just call them the copier class.

by Debireply 5301/06/2013

If it helps them get through the day, more power to them, I say!

Having once worked in Cube Land many moons ago, I get the need to wanting to have some reminder of humanity.

The only thing I would have a problem with is if I was subjected to listening to another person's choice of music/talk radio.

by Debireply 5401/07/2013

"If you were a big boy, you'd be secure enough to not even notice this shit. It's funny to think how twisted your panties are over this. HEY ALL FRAUS, PUT UP MORE PICTURES, CAFTAN IN THE CUBE NEAR THE BATHROOM IS HAVING ANOTHER SISSY FIT!!!"

If there was ever someone who's panties were twisted, it's you. But I'm glad you're "secure enough" not to lose your shit over a "SISSY FIT!!!"

by Debireply 5501/07/2013

It was very obvious to me that R7's link was a man's cubicle.

by Debireply 5601/07/2013

[quote] You'd be hard pressed to tell I'm not a Cyclon that doesn't like fingah mahks.

LOL, thank you Jane Wyatt!

by Debireply 5701/07/2013

Express pride and joy? In what exactly?

Seriously - no wonder service is so piss poor and companies are so fucked up. They have employees who think the work place is Romper Room. This is exactly why some people are not afforded the respect they think they deserve at work.

And I agree that wedding pictures have no place on public display.

by Debireply 5801/07/2013

ITA @ R54. An assault on the ears would be MUCH harder for me to take, like if someone blasted Rush Limbaugh all day. At least when you're working in your own little cube, you don't have to look at the other people's crap. It's limited to when you are walking around the office.

by Debireply 5901/07/2013

Something tells me OP is also the loon who goes batshit insane when some frau says "God bless you." at work after OP has sneezed.

OP, do you ever sprain your delicate little ankles when mincing quickly to the computer to post whatever tiresome bile sets you off on an hourly bases?

by Debireply 6001/07/2013

Before "teamwork" and being deemed part of a work "family" there were people who decorated their offices to an extreme, but everyone else thought they were weird, and were free to have such thoughts without being investigated for "bad attitude."

by Debireply 6101/07/2013

Boy, you can identify the cube decorators on here (60).

Oh wait, found her pic.

by Debireply 6201/08/2013

I never did this when I worked in an office. I decided it would be easier to up and walk without a bunch of shit to haul out.

by Debireply 6301/08/2013

"you could be sacked at any time and stuck packing your things with everyone staring"

And then you do the walk of shame, tears trickling into your banker's box of possessions. In some places you are not even allowed to pack your own stuff, HR does it for you. But either way, having very little personal stuff to pack is the best way to operate in any corporate atmosphere.

by Debireply 6401/08/2013
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