For my day job, I'm a vice president of information technology, and I'm responsible for managing 10 people who answer questions about software, hardware and every thing else that sits on associate's desks.
Even though I'm a VP, I don't get a corner office...I get the corner cubicle. And I'd encourage YOU to think about taking the corner cubicle too!
4 reasons why the corner cubicle is better than the corner office
Visibility - It's normal for me to be at my desk and there is no door, so I have perfect visibility into my team's functions...and they have visibility into mine. They can quickly see if I'm available or not, and they can ask questions. And I can see what's going on and offer assistance right away.
Accessibility - Similar to visibility is accessibility. Folks are much more apt to ask me questions when they can see me than if I were hidden away in an office behind a closed door. I want to help, and sitting in a cubicle means few barriers to talking to me.
Knowledge gathering - I can hear what's going on with my team right away. If I hear a few people buzzing about the same thing, in real-time, I can know what's going on and if we need to escalate something. It also helps me explain the situation to my manager and our CTO because invariably if something breaks, they want to know about it.
Dive in when needed - With all this visibility and accessibility, I know when it's time to help out and when it's time to step back. If things are going crazy, it only takes a second for me to dive in and help out, then I can quickly back away when things normalize.
About the author: By day, Phil Gerbyshak is a vice president of information technology at a regional financial services company headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. By night, Phil is a social media maximizer who helps people learn the tips and tricks they need to take their business and their brand to the next level. You can find more of Phil's management insights at http://slackermanager.com or by following him on Twitter @philgerb.