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Career blog now View from the Cubicle


Do clueless end-users and cutthroat co-workers make your work life a walking festival of hell? Or maybe you've acheived a Zen state and could help your fellow TechRepublic members with your advice. Either way, this is the place to be. The View from the Cubicle blog, formerly the Career blog, is being revamped to include discussion on all aspects of your working life--the best techniques for finding a job as well as how to cope once you get there. It'll have the same ole blogger (Toni Bowers, aka PublishingGal--what IS it with the name changes around here?), but the information will cover everything workplace-oriented.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

7 comments
SkatingZebra
SkatingZebra

I've worked in many jobs, many cubicles, as a DBA. The single most important discovery that I have made is this: Staying in a job that you hate will make your entire life miserable. I'm not talking about having a rough day now and then; every job has its negative aspects and bad patches. However, if you dread Mondays, if it takes all your self-control just to walk in the door every morning, if you don't care about your work and are just watching the clock until it's time to go home, you're asking for trouble. The worst part of such a situation is that you might begin to think that you can't get out of it. I spent two years working at a financial institution where the atmosphere was combative and antagonistic. My boss was competent, but so subtly nasty that she began to make me question my own worth as an employee, and I believed that no other company would ever hire me. I got lucky; I was offered another job which I accepted immediately. One of the happiest days of my life was when I walked out of that door for the final time. DON'T TORTURE YOURSELF! There are other jobs that pay just as well as your current one - you just have to do a little legwork and find them. Don't settle for a job that sucks the life out of you. Even if you take a small pay cut it will be more than worth it in the long run...and the not-so-long run.

djl4fzw
djl4fzw

There are a couple of things essential to your sanity in the World of the Cube. What do you keep close at hand? There you are...working on a project. It's important! Deadlines are mounting. All of a sudden, an impromptu meeting starts in the cube next to you. Five people begin a heated discussion over something completely unrelated to what you?re working on. Or how about the disembodied half-conversation conference-call across the row? "Uh huh." "Yes, I agree." "Of course not. Consider point number four." Then there?s the: "Hey, check out these pictures I got of my cats!" "Oh they?re adorable!" "Hey, did you catch the game?" "Yeah, it was awesome!" Ever get that "Simpsons feeling" where you realize you're surrounded by a cacophony of noise that's slowly spinning around you. The Twilight Zone music starts... "Nooooo!!" THAT'S when I open the middle drawer of my desk, grab my CD case, whip out the headphones, and crank up the volume! It drowns out the din and allows me to focus. Don?t get me wrong. I LOVE cats. Games ARE awesome. I PLACE conference calls. CDs? sometimes they're essential to your sanity in the World of the Cube.

rosietx1
rosietx1

I'm recently back to work after a very long leave of absence. While I was gone - they office moved - we're in Dilbertville now. While a cubghor (cube-neighbor) was taking some online class today with audible instructions for using the Illustrator application - which I thought was kind of rude -- in general - to anyone w/in ear range -- I tried wearing a headset and playing some music... but I could still hear the instructor's voice. It wasn't loud really... but... they're cubicles... any added noise - is noise - and there's enough of it around in general. So I went looking for sound canceling headphones - and there are a lot of them out there - but they don't necessarily say if they're for stereo - or computer. Have you found any good headsets specifically for computer users that are also sound canceling to outside noise? TIA

SkatingZebra
SkatingZebra

...to headphones, I've found my satellite radio to be invaluable. Let's face it, you can only listen to your CD collection for so long, and regular radio stinks. Satellite radio's variety of music and talk stations keeps me awake and sane during the workday.

PoconoChuck
PoconoChuck

At times, I am considered anti-social. Not because I hate cats (*hate* is a strong word), etc., but because - more often than not - I have my headphones on during the day. Often, people with LESS to do than I will stick their head into the cube, probably with a joke or other non-essential topic - see me with headphones, and slip out quietly. Hey, if I am not working, I'll take the joke, but if I get less interruptions this way.

PoconoChuck
PoconoChuck

Fortunately, I work where there are two LANs: the Corp side, and the 'Test' side, where streaming audio is not (yet) forbidden.