Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Overheard on CNN.com: Dude, where's my cubicle?


Comment of the day: "I can handle a smaller cubicle as long they don't take my stapler." –Keksi


The shrinking American cubicle


A combination of the troubled economy and the influx of mobile technology is changing the workplace landscape and companies across the country are shrinking work areas—or scrapping the notion of the once-ubiquitous cubicles altogether.


CNN readers shared their concerns about the changes and how they’re experiencing them firsthand.


Midloo said, “I work for a Fortune 500 as a developer. My desk in a low-cube is going away and I'm moving into a converted closet with three other people next month. This is after a promotion. It is a nice closet, but definitely more cramped. I guess I'm just glad that the execs are getting more room; they need it to fit their growing wallets and fat heads. vintel7 said, “I once worked for an idiot that didn't have enough cubes for his top engineers because he took a 50 x 50 office for himself. shadman First my cubicle shrank. Then I was moved into an office with two other women! Now there is absolutely no privacy and 100 times more distraction. lauisifer said, “I used to have a cubicle too. Now I work from home and love every minute of it. There is one simple solution to shrinking cubes, just send your employees to their home office. My production is up 50 percent and I’m happier than I ever was dealing with office drama.”


Other readers discussed the idea of “open space” work environments.


guymcc1 said, “Dump the cubicles and go with the open office concept for promoting communications, sharing of ideas and team work. I hate it when the new hire is told ‘you're part of the team now and then directs them to a cubicle, not to be seen or heard of again!’” er632 said, “I got a lot more work done with a cubicle. I have tried both and what I noticed is that the type of people who tend to prefer open space usually spend more time sitting around terminals talking about the latest reality show or last night's drinking jag. I have yet to hear a great ‘idea' come from working in an open space.” chedar said, “I gave my employees open space. No cubicle. We are a group of 8 people so we can talk informally. It's more efficient.” But SoulardGuys said, “(That) may work for eight people who all like working with each other but I can assure you that it doesn't work in an office of 800.”


kaleani45 simply said, “WHO CARES! Consider yourself lucky if you have a cubicle at all these days regardless of the size.”


Woman leaves baby in toilet at circus


About the baby boy who is clinging to life at a South Carolina hospital three days after being abandoned in an arena toilet after a circus show, CNN readers were mainly saddened.


JimMNH said, “The particularly sad thing is that he appeared abandoned for 1-1.5 hours. No one else noticed or heard anything after the show? This person was the last person in the bathroom? How incredibly sad. And the video coverage of this is just sickening and cold.” texasgirl19 said, “It is very possible someone did hear but did not want to become involved. Some people are selfish and cruel and would rather look the other way.” CincyCat said, “For all we know, this could have been a 13 or 14 year old kid or someone who was the victim of rape. Let's put down the crosses and nails.” fuzzy4034 said, “Hang in there baby boy!” jcReliever said, “From the lowest beginnings, where will life take him now?”


Other readers either tried to understand the mother’s situation or shared their disgust for her actions.


josmith0110 said, “I was driving through South Carolina a few months ago and there were four or five billboards calling abortion a sin, saying abortion is murder, etc. With an environment like that, this story is heartbreaking, but not surprising. When a young mother feels trapped on both sides, not want to have a child, but feeling like she will go to hell if she aborts, it doesn't shock me that she chose to abandon the baby.” While andreamojay said, “Who the heck can look down and see a newborn struggling in a toilet full of water and just walk away? And don't tell me she didn't know she had a baby. As a mother of three kids, you know when you have had a baby.”


Olbermann going to Current TV


He’s back! On Tuesday, former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann announced that he'll be joining Current TV to be host and executive producer of a new primetime nightly news and commentary show. He’ll also be Current Media's chief news officer and will have an equity stake in the company, according to a statement.


Many CNN.com readers were happy to hear the news while others were hoping Olbermann was on permanent vacation.


CJPA said, “Good-O for you, Keith. I miss you and your relevant commentary, as well as your take on Washington. I'll be looking for you!” imjustme said, “It's been too long Keith! Can't wait to see you back on the air once again! Hmb said, “So thrilled that Keith Olbermann will be returning to television – I so looked forward to watching him every evening – his insightfulness and honesty was so refreshing and can't wait to have him back! Karen said, “I can’t wait until you are free to return to blunt, non-restrictive comments and insight into our political arena. Our household misses you and can't wait for your return.”


But david-eye said, “Yo, Keith, a bit of advice. Try to learn the difference between "fact" and "opinion." Look it up in the dictionary if you must. And then, once you're settled in your new job, tell us the facts and keep your opinions to yourself. Your opinions are not "news." And Tom said, “Current TV? LOL! In other words, we'll never see Keith again. Good riddance.”


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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

February 8, 2011
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February 8, 2011
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I'd like to find the guy who invented the cubical and beat him to within an inch of his life!

February 8, 2011
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winners don't commute to a cubicle farm to earn a buck for someone else

February 8, 2011
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@Kazzmedia, really?

I did 5 years in cubicleville making $160K per year.

MY commute: To the Persian Gulf, to a DoD installation.

My company, of course, made more for my efforts.

And the government got every dimes worth of my skill that they paid for and more.

February 8, 2011
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david-eye is a fool if he thinks Olbermann is going away... his passion for the matter tells you all you need to know about Keith. Truth hurts, eh david-eye?

February 9, 2011
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I had been leasing office space for five employees.  I had an investigator in an office open on parts of two sides, and a receptionist taking up the front.  Gained three employees and a larger budget, but have since lost two employees due to budget cuts.  I'm still keeping the entire building leased, however, meaning that everyone has their own space, all have offices with doors except for the receptionist (who doesn't need doors), and it's more than double the cost of the one floor.  Still worth it for everyone to have some privacy and not feel crammed-in.  My employees work hard, they do good work, and they are worth it.

March 1, 2011
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The main character in that ridiculous movie 'social network' sounds like a goat when he talks what makes the movie even more unbearable. The phoniest movie I've ever seen - you have a feeling you are watching a high school play gone bad..it's sad..

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