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5 Items to Make Your Cubicle Inviting

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Your cubicle is your space, but you want other people to be comfortable stopping by to ask you a question, handing you a printout or just chatting for a minute or two. You don't want to make your cubicle the unofficial breakroom, but you don't want your space to send people running away either.

Add these items to your cubicle to make it a place where people won't mind spending a few moments.

Guest chair

A cubicle requires one chair, and perhaps your's is too small to fit one more. But if you can fit an extra one, do. A guest chair shows co-workers you're open to them coming into your space.

Soft lighting

While the appropriate amount of light is determined by personal preference, many people find office lighting to be too harsh. You may not be able to do anything about your lighting situation, but there are a few things you can try.

If you have control over how bright the lights shine, choose a medium setting. You can also try taking out one bulb in the light fixture nearest your cubicle. If the lighting is dim, try adding a small lamp with a shade. Some building managers may prohibit these actions, so check your organization's safety and building management policies.

Don't try too hard to manufacture ambiance. You don't need to put a plywood sheet over your partitions to create a spa-like darkness.

Photos

Personal photos give visitors a peek into who you are outside of work. In your visitor's eyes you become more than just another person at work. Place one or two family photos in frames, and pin up a few vacation shots. Just avoid the swimsuit shots!

Photos can be a great conversation starter. You might find you have more in common with co-workers than you thought. You may have children around the same age, a shared favorite vacation destination or a mutual hobby. You'll never know until someone sees what your personal interests are.

Candy

A bowl of candy shows that you're thinking about your guests. You're making a trip to your cubicle a little treat for those who care to make the journey.

Keep the candy fresh. Switch it up every once in a while. If you usually have fun size candy bars, mix in some non-chocolate candy every now and then. People will question your candy's freshness if you have Easter candy at Halloween and Halloween candy at Easter.

Area rug

People may not even notice when you add an area rug, but they'll feel different about your workspace. They may not be able to put their finger on it, but they'll sense something is different. Make sure that your chair will roll on the rug. While it may be good for you, you probably won't want a leg workout everytime you need to move your chair.

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