Don’t you love rumors? Don’t you really love work related rumors?
In a few months the company I work for will be moving into a brand new office building. We’ll be combining a few locations. It’s exciting but frustrating all at the same time. We don’t really know much and when we have company meetings about it they spend 30 minutes talking about things like the chairs. I’m not making that up. Now, I’m not a very important person at work but I do run the Reproduction Area. This means I copy all the documents, handle shipping and office supplies and take care of the copiers and printers. You’d think based on what I do that I would’ve been asked about the new area in the new building. It makes sense right? The person who uses the area as part of their job would be a good person to get some input from about layout, needs and other stuff, right? I see you guys nodding in agreement. Well, I haven’t been asked anything. People come up and ask what the new area will be like and I tell them what they know is what I know. Whatever they tell us in the company meetings is all I know. They make a funny face because they think like I do, that I should know something.
This post is becoming a giant rambling mess but it has a point. Promise.
Well, last week I was boxing up a large report (22 copies, 3″ binders) with a coworker/friend and she started telling me how she’s heard rumors about layoffs because we went over budget on the new building. Now, I thought we’d let some people go before I heard this. I looked at it as less shit to move. I mean, granted we’re getting all new stuff but we still have a shit load of documents, reports and other things that need to come over. But then something hit.
Maybe the reason I haven’t been asked about the repro area is because I won’t be using it.
Stay with me! Someone in Marketing who has seen the new building and does know about the layout and what not was describing the desk area to me and instead of saying “and your desk is here” she said “And whoever is in the repro area would sit here.” Why would you say it that way? Why wouldn’t you just say and your personal space is here? Your desk is here? THIS IS YOUR DESK? Because maybe it’s not my desk?
Now I’m worried that I’m being laid off. We’ll have three people in the new building who can handle repro needs. Do they need three? Eh, not really. I know I’m probably over thinking everything and worrying myself isn’t going to help or change anything. I started working on my resume’ though and have even thought about attending some Excel related classes at the local community challenge.
As my BFF reminded me, everything happens for a reason. I think if this does happen I’m going to take a long hard look and everything and I think I might even make a move to the Chicago area.