After 12 years as a manager, I finally have a chance to move out of my cubicle and into a formal office. Should I take it or not?
I can think of a dozen reasons why I should stay in my cubicle, and all of them help me to be an effective manager.
The only reasons I can think of to move into an office is to to gratify my pride and gain the status symbol. Unless maybe it will raise my standing in the eyes of other managers or executives. Is that something I should worry about?
Some of the benefits I've leveraged while sitting in a cubicle near my team:
- I can join impromptu conversations among team members, or I can choose not to engage. I have the option. If I'm in an office 50 feet away, I will only be involved in discussions that are brought directly to me, or that I initiate myself. Communication with my team will certainly become more difficult.
- I can observe first-hand the behavior of my directs, and decide what to give feedback on and what to ignore. If I'm in an office, I will have to depend more on 3rd party input.
- Providing feedback is much easier when I'm sitting among the rest of the team, and I can make the feedback *seem* more casual.
- I am more immediately aware of emergencies or client situations that need rapid action.
- Team members seem more willing to approach me, since all they have to do is stand up and look over a half-wall to get my attention.