Somehow me – and some others – are still here. We’ve been impacted but not “touched” by “re-organizations,” “alignments” and “employee optimizations.” It gets challenging to do your work well when your wide range of contacts becomes more narrow.
Opening the office yesterday, balancing my lunch, coffee and backpack while punching in the alarm code, I took a moment to stand in the quiet and take this in. We’ve dropped from 28 to 7 in a matter of weeks. Department consolidations, moves, staffing changes. Some left, others moved, some took different positions within the company.
I’ve been traveling during most of these changes so I’m a bit late to the (non) party. It’s like I woke up from a dream and the horizon shifted.
The new normal is office doors open – everyone listens for the doorbell – not just the cube-dwellers. The cubes are empty.
The new normal is driving 7 miles to spend the whole day by myself. Yes I can work at home and I sometimes do but all of my files and materials are there. And I like having an office to go to – I can access everything easily – make copies, send a fax and conference someone in if need be.
The new normal is closing my office door for conference calls only to emerge and find everyone gone.
The new normal is – as expected – me and the other female employee – ensuring the coffee pot gets turned off, lights are shut down, and that we don’t run out of supplies.
The new normal is weird. I don’t care for the new normal.
I’ve been through many re-organizations ~ too many to count. What’s your experience been and how did you cope?