Tomorrow is the big move.
See, in September 2012, our business group was kicked out of our office space and moved to a new spot within the same building (by the other business group with which we share the building). The reasoning was, it’s our building, a pipe burst in July 2012 and flooded a huge portion of our area, and since we want the window offices anyway, you gotta go. So we did.
The move was pretty difficult; a lot of tired people, unhappy about their new digs, and being in and among the unwashed masses of the other business group. I was exhausted by the end of the day. I worked until 10PM that night, and had to available for the following work day in case anything went awry. (Of course it did. Of course.)
Finally, we settled. We’re in. We’re good to go. But…
Last year, we decided to reorganize our group. We’re splitting into two functions (below management level): Order Entry and Customer Support. The two people chosen for the Order Entry jobs from among our group were informed. Months and months of planning, visiting other divisions to see how they have split the functions (many have done so and it works well, so gathering best practices is a good idea), then putting together our new work flow, work instructions, ordering the necessary supplies, and making sure we arrange the desks in logical order, all culminated in an announcement that, at last, on January 20, 2014, the new organization would go live.
So on Friday (that’s tomorrow, January 17, 2014), it’s time to reshuffle the desks. Order Entry will be a single, managerial sized cube. The Customer Support people will then be moved according to…um…well, the whims of their manager, in my book. As far as I can tell, only the person occupying the OE cube (the Customer Service Supervisor who helped plan all this), and the OE people who WILL occupy the cube, NEED to be moved. But instead of just those, we’re moving all but three people. That’s EIGHT moves in a day.
We have to physically relocate their computers.
We have to physically relocate their phones.
We have to move their phones logically (in the computer controlling them).
We have to make sure everything works.
And all of that moving is simply to satisfy some control factors for the CSS, who doesn’t like how people are interacting right now. (At least, that’s what I see. I could, however, be wrong, and this is not an indictment of the CSS. She had enough reasons for doing it to convince our boss it was the better thing to do.)
Now, who do you suppose will have to move all that stuff? test all that stuff? fix all that stuff if it doesn’t work?
You got it! ME!
Huzzah. I’m not looking forward to the next two days, at all. If you’re the praying kind, please keep me in yours, and I promise I’ll do the same.
How’s it by you?