Because those in cubes so visible, subconscious assumption that person always available.

Control over own space:  Knock on cube walls (even if only symbolic foam partitions) before speaking.  Ask permission to enter.  Don’t hover if they’re on the phone.  “Don, we’re in close quarters, but would you mind giving me privacy when I’m on the phone?”

Don’t loiter:  Conversation free-floating among people who are trying to make phone calls, read or write important documents and concentrate on their work.  “Mary, I’m working on something right now that demands my full concentration.”

Odors:  No boundaries.  What smells good to you can turn someone else’s stomach.  If eat at desk, take trash out immediately.  Shoes ON.  Strong perfume.

Possibly alternate lunch hours with those around you to have some quiet time.

Aware of what you say and how loud you are.  Personal tiffs, weird bodily functions, clipping or tapping nails, gum popping, the radio, etc.  Avoid shouting over walls.  Assume everyone within a four-cube radius can hear you.  Take sensitive matters to a closed-door room.  No vibrating cell phones on your desk jumping around.

“Prairie Dogging”  Popping head up over cube (or talking over wall):  “Bob, I know it’s easiest for you to talk over the wall, but would you do me a favor and come around?”

Cubeland Home:  Tastefully “framed photos,” nice plants, small Persian rug, meaningful knickknacks or posters.  THESE ALL GIVE OFF POSITIVE IMPRESSIONS.

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