The office move is completed and I am safely in my new building at a new desk. Thought I’d update you all on the predictions I made last week.
1. My new key fob won’t let me into the building or parking garage.
Mine worked and I was able to easily move past the line of people who’s keys didn’t work.
2. The boxes I carefully packed will be delivered to the wrong cube, possibly a different building.
I only packed one box thinking that they couldn’t lose one box. They did. It was no where in my cube when I arrived. I went to the move help desk and filed a report. 30 minutes later it arrived. No information was given where it went.
3. It will take me two hours to find where my monitors are.
Only took me one minute to find my monitors as one of my coworkers came by and asked, “Are you cube eight?” I was. Turns out she had about 10 monitors delivered to her cube and was very interested in finding them good homes.
4. The people at the help desk, will just give me new cables rather than trying to find the ones I packed.
Turned out not to be needed. Nope. You see I packed all my cables in my box and before I arrived an IT person came by, looked at my cube and must have thought, “Oh my, he has no cables,” and they left me a couple of extra sets plus a couple of laptop power supplies. I was popular for a while in my row since I had plenty of cables and power supplies to give to the less fortunate.
5. The network connection in my cube won’t work until I complain to the VP of engineering.
Mine was working fine, but the VP went to the help desk to get an IT person to fix his connection.
6. The IT group will have changed my wifi password without telling me the new one.
Wow, it worked, no problems. I was so stunned that I couldn’t work for 15 minutes.
7. My favorite English Breakfast tea won’t be in the kitchen, again.
It happened, my favorite tea wasn’t there. Nope. But they had something better. There is this brand I really like, but never buy because it’s so expensive. Yes friends, they are stocking the expensive tea I like. And they now stock real milk. Not that fake stuff in the little plastic cups, but real milk in a half-gallon carton.
8. The boss will again send an email to the catering company asking they stock my tea.
He won’t admit this, but I think my boss had words with the caterers before we moved.
9. I won’t like my new cube furniture.
I don’t like it. I don’ hate it. It works, but won’t win any awards for the best looking office. And I won’t be buying any for my house. The surfaces are flat and strong enough to hold a cup of tea.
10. My new cube will be smaller.
It is, two inches shorter. Two whole inches. Okay, not on the major complaint list.
11. The special ergonomic changes I need won’t be in place, even though the nice facilities lady made careful notes on what I need.
Just the opposite, the chair and desk are so ergonomically adjustable that it took me 30 minutes to read all the little manuals and play with all the adjustments. It’s kind of cool, you can waste 15 minutes each morning checking and rechecking the setup.
12. There will be a major problem with my production servers that will need to be fixed before I can set up my computers.
I was a bit disappointed here, everything worked fine and I was forced to take a long tea break and walk around visiting my coworkers. Talk about a tough day.
There you have it, my full report. I should say that over all the move went much better than expected and overall the building is much better than the one we were in. Sadly, I signed an NDA with the company when I joined that prevents me from sharing pictures of my new office and workspace.
Such is life in high-tech, moving and secrets.
Till next week,