Office workstations, often referred to as cubicles, are standardized workplace fixtures that partition open office spaces into smaller rooms for one or several workers to focus on their specific work tasks. The cubicle was invented in 1968 as the ‘Action Office System’ by Robert Propst for Herman Miller with the idea to create a reconfigurable furniture system that could convert large building plans into individualized work compartments. Cubicles are designed to provide privacy, sound-proofing, isolation, and to decrease visual distractions while working. Cubicle workstations are often assumed to improve the efficiency of the workplace and the productivity of the worker.
A cubicle is a designated area of an office that is partially closed off via partitions at a height of 5 to 6 feet (1.5-1.8 m). The design intent is to separate workers to lessen noise and distraction and increase productivity and focus. A cubicle usually will include a desk and filing cabinet or storage system.
The first step to organizing a cubicle is to create a layout that acts in accordance to one’s workflow and encourages productivity. A filing cabinet, cord corral, jars, and shelving are all tools to organize important documents and office supplies in a cubicle. Labeling and color coding are also efficient methods to organization.
A cubicle can be decorated to showcase one’s personal life, design tastes, and interests. Photographs, message boards, mirrors, and plants/terrariums can be added liven the space up. Stylish organizational materials and a color scheme can be chosen to spruce up a cubicle as well.