An Office MovePosted: Thu 19 November, 2020 | |
Over this second Lockdown, it appears that quite a few companies have decided to move out of the building where my office sits. Some have found that they can cope just fine entirely working from home, some have moved elsewhere, and some (I’m pretty sure) have just given up the ghost.
However, taking some advantage of that, I’ve been able to move my office to a larger/better one with minimum hassle.
The one I was in was OK, but had an issue with *very* thin walls – studwork walls, in an 80’s open-plan setup that was then converted to house multiple small businesses – to the extent that I could hear phone calls and conversations from the offices either side of mine, with absolute clarity. (Which meant I knew *way* more about their clients than I ever wanted to) And with the new prevalence of video-calls and so on, that’s even more of a factor.
The new one is better built, better lit, and larger. I’m paying a bit more for it, but it’s well within manageable levels. The only downside (at the moment) is that the fluorescent tube lights in it are noisy, with a buzz that I can hear all the time. However, I’ve raised that as an issue, and been able to get them to agree to change them to new lamps with an electronic ballast – I don’t have a clue, but apparently it’ll mean it runs silently. And if it doesn’t, well I’ll just unplug them, as I have in other offices.
Even better, the move was easy as chuff. It took two hours to move everything from one to the other, and get it all set up. I’ve probably got some layout changes to make, a couple of things to buy (a new office chair, for example, once Lockdown is over) , but it’s all good. I’m happy with the new unit, and hopefully it’ll be home for another couple of years.