Moving From a Swanky Corner Office Into a Cubicle: Do You Have a Right to Complain?

cubiclesWhen we read this piece in today’s New York Post, we half-heartedly nodded our heads in agreement. A reader is concerned about moving from a windowed office into a cubicle.

She or he writes, “I hate it. I can’t concentrate with all the noise and activity and my productivity is going to suffer.”

Although the disgruntled employee is concerned this isn’t the environment they signed up for when accepting the job, he or she wants to claim that work conditions have changed. Better yet – the reader wants to negotiate unemployment benefits.

We feel some empathy to the employee. After all, we’ve been in situations where we’ve moved from swanky corporate real estate into a cubicle and it greatly reduced our productivity.

But to take it so far to ask about claiming unemployment? Really?!

Greg Giangrande, HR executive in the media industry, dishes, “Roll with it.”

Considering workplaces are moving into open space plans at a rapid pace, moves to cubicles are probably going to happen more often. And they’re going to stay.

He adds in the piece, “It not only saves money but helps build community, energy and collaboration. So if solitude is critical for your concentration and happiness, consider working from home — because you are going to have fewer options when you look for another office job.”