Creating Warm, Fuzzy Office Relations

, , , , , | Working | October 13, 2020

Years ago, my office was a large, outside corner one I shared with two other engineers. As jobs shifted, the other two ended up moving out to other areas to work, leaving me alone in the big corner office. I still only used the one corner of the office, but we moved in an extra table to use for team meetings. An office with a good view sounds nice, but frankly, it was cold in the winter and hot in the summer, and there was a leak in the glass that let in rain when it hit the one side of the building.

One day, my manager stopped in my office and told me I had to move to another empty office down the hall by Friday morning. This was on a Wednesday afternoon. Why? A “high-level executive” had noticed that a mere engineer had a corner office and claimed it for her own. This was despite there being a freeze on moving people around at the time, which I pointed out. But being it was an executive versus me, a mere engineer, I was being moved.

So, I rushed to box everything up, arranged for my furniture to be moved — extra expense as it was last minute — arranged for my network and phone access to be moved, and did the actual move by 9:00 am on Friday. No sign of the executive. Nor by Monday. Nor the next week. Nor the week after that. Moves like this are very disruptive, especially when rushed like I had been. I didn’t mind the new office but was just annoyed by the rush and non-necessity of it.

Finally, in the middle of the third week after my rush move, she moved in. Why the delay? After claiming the office, she decided to take a vacation, hadn’t arranged to have her stuff moved before she left, and then wasn’t in a hurry to move in after she got back. Argh!

The best part was that she left the company a couple of months after that and the office has stood empty for years now.

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