Guard Your Cube to Increase Productivity

Last Updated Aug 7, 2009 12:53 PM EDT

Tired of workplace interruptions? Looking for a way to head off chit-chat at the pass? You're in luck: CubeGuard wants to help you "get your message across" -- literally.

The company makes a line of retractable barriers, sort of like the ones you see in banks and airports, that stick to the sides of your cubicle entryway. When you need some uninterrupted work time, you simply pull the CubeGuard across and latch it in place.

It's sort of like "Do Not Cross" police tape for the office.

You can customize your messages or select from standard versions. Want to display a bunch of different messages? Just purchase an assortment of message cartridges -- e.g., "I'm out of the office," "I'm out to lunch," "Do not disturb," and so on.

At $20 for the whole enchilada, and $15 for each message cartridge, it's reasonably affordable and a lot more slick than taping handwritten notes to your cubicle wall. On the other hand, it seems a bit cutesy for my taste, and I think the novelty might wear off quickly.

Let me know what you think. And have a great weekend!

  • CC Holland

    CC Holland is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and a number of national magazines. Online, she was a columnist for and writes regularly for and BNET. On the other side of the journalism desk, she's been a managing editor for ZDNet, CNet, and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, where she earned an APTRA Best News Web Site award.