You know how work sometimes gets in the way of life? That’s been my week so far.
The powers that be have decided that the most cost effective way to add new work areas to our main office is to move the Accounting Dept; I was informed Monday that within the next month, my office space (& my boss’ office) will be moved to another branch. I understand the fiscal motivation- we’re not an income-generating unit, we don’t need to be available to the general public, & that particular facility is being under-utilized (3 desk areas, 2 teller stations, yet only open 3 days a week with one supervisor). But personally, this is throwing my routine into a tizzy.
I am not afraid of change; I think change is good for you...in moderation...with plenty of advanced notification.
What can I say- I like order & stability.
I’ve been riding Meg’s Waffle-Coaster for days (it’s similar to “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” but with more indecision & a much cooler looking car); what I really need is a list: What does Meg get out of this Chaos?
A new, larger work area (which they have actually consulted me about).
One less wall between me & my boss (loud voice & constant apologies)
Fewer people coming to my desk to interrupt my work flow
More phone calls from people needing my help (all the record files are coming with me)
An outside view
The view is a parking lot
It’s a temporary move
Only one or two years...maybe
Double the drive to work
A monthly mileage allowance
No shops or restaurants within 3 miles
There is a shaded, grassy picnic area & a break room
I won’t be able to go home for lunch
I’ll probably eat less junk
No more afternoon naps
I’ll get more knitting & reading done
The guys won’t be able to drop in for a visit or to help out
I won’t have to listen to my neighbor’s radio all day
I’ll be expected to fill in as an extra teller on paydays
Paydays are every other Thursday
My backup (my boss) is off on Thursdays
Unfortunately, the cons slightly outweigh the pros, but I’m resigned to my fate. Much of the past two days have been spent in “conference” with my boss & various vendors (architect, telecommunications, office equipment sales, etc) trying to get the essentials (that no one else seemed to think about) lined up.
You will be proud to know that I have asserted myself brilliantly, insisting on dedicated phone lines, a solid partition wall instead of glass with an opening (people looking over my shoulder all day? I don’t think so!), & a new copier with multi-functions which I use daily. I’m also going to insist on a new chair; I’ve had this one for 5 years now & it’s pretty well butt-sprung. Oh, another good thing- with the natural light & extra space, I’ll finally be able to have live plants in my work area. I’m looking forward to doing some shopping for essentials to make the office more functional (she’s using folding chairs to hold the microwave & coffee maker, for crying out loud) & a few fun things to make the new location more comfortable.
Do you think a quilted printer cozy would be too much?
BTW- Join me tomorrow for the Make Mine Pink Tea Party & drop by the participants to see how tea is done all over the world!