Quixtar is in the middle of a major renovation of its headquarters near Ada, Michigan. IT and Finance have already moved into new digs, Sales and Marketing are displaced while their new departments are being built, and we’re…..well, we’re waiting.
Communications will be the last to go because we’re spreading into an area formerly occupied by IT. So everyone else has to be in their new location before things even get started for us. At first we were told it would be July-August (what we affectionately called “Julaugust.”) But now we’re looking at the “ber” months — Soctober or Optember.
Finding anybody right now is tough. You might try their old office, but the old office might just be an outline on the old carpeting. Or you might think you know where they are but they might have moved. And, a lot of our conference rooms are shut down during the renovation as well — so meeting space is scarce.
I recently picked stuff for my new office — I’m getting eggplant carpet and one eggplant wall. Very cool. I called it purple but it’s a deep, rich shade that’s so dark it’s bordering on black. It’s my inner Prince coming out. Now I’ll just have to wait for someone to get out of that office so I can move in.
I view this kind of change as fun and exciting. Others are less enthusiastic. Some people don’t like any change to their workspace and assign huge importance to how much square footage they get, if their chair is the same as their neighbor’s, and whether an aisle in one area is inches wider than another. Things that I’d never notice are a big deal to somebody else. That’s because people’s personal space is incredibly important to them, and having a degree of control over their surroundings gives them a feeling of power and security.
So I listen patiently to a diatribe about one team’s aisle being wider than the others. I explain, for the umpteenth time, why an art director needs more desktop space than an editor. I tell people why they’re seated where they area (typically because they need to work more closely with someone else or in some cases, be moved away from someone!)
But it’s all good. And in a matter of months it will be all over. And I’ll be ensconced in my own little corporate version of Paisley Park.