Q: As a go-to person at my company, I’m often interrupted by co-workers coming by to ask questions. Since I’m in a cubicle, I don’t have a door to close. I don’t want to be rude and tell people to leave, but these interruptions affect my efficiency. Any ideas?
A: Hoist a flag — a “Do Not Disturb” flag. Meet with your manager and suggest giving every employee a small flag or other object that can be placed at cubicle entrances. Whenever someone is in “do not disturb” mode, he or she simply raises the flag, and others know not to drop in. You could do this on your own, but then you’d have to let everyone know what the flag is for. I like the idea of making it an office-wide signal everyone can use.