This week, my office is moving to a new building a few blocks away.
We’ve all been busy packing up, throwing things away, and smacking our foreheads at some of the things we’ve been finding tucked away in file cabinets and the bottoms of desk drawers. What I noticed, however, was how little I truly need to do my job. And on top of that, how little more I really want that makes my job easier.
Things I need:
- Computer: it’s hard for me to imagine any office worker being able to function without access to a computer. In all of the jobs I’ve held since graduating college, I’ve needed one assigned to me. (interestingly, the only exception to this is when I was teaching college, at which time I had access to a computer lab, but not a specific machine. I ended up bringing in my own)
- Desk: I don’t care if it’s a different desk every day (some offices have grab-your-own-work-space-every-day kind of set-ups), since I’m an INTP. But I need at least some place to rest my laptop so this doesn’t happen to me. And somewhere to put my coffee.
- Internet: Do I have to say? I’m a social media director.
Things that make my job easier:
- Conference Room: Much easier to hash out ideas sitting around a table than crammed into my office.
- White board: As a college professor, I relied on the chalk board quite a bit to sketch out (hastily and with an amateur’s enthusiasm) visualizations of the concepts I was discussing (post–structuralism, anyone?) I still find it helpful to have a place to sketch during a strategy meeting.
- Phone: True, I could bring my own phone (and my Google Voice number is on my business cards), but it’s nice to have a handset that is less likely to cause certain problems.
- Printer: again, not mandatory, but if I’m going to study (as opposed to read) a 37-page report on the uses of social media in state governments, I’d prefer to print that out.
- Coffee Maker: Great place to catch up with coworkers first thing in the morning. People are usually in a good mood when they’re drinking the first sips of their coffee.
- Kitchen Area: There are a few reasons I like to bring my lunch to work. I’m a vegetarian. DC weather runs the gamut from torrential rain, to stifling heat/humidity, to untenable snowfall, with a patina of just enough absolutely gorgeous days to prevent people from moving the capital to Buffalo. Oh, and I save money. (how much depends on who’s counting)
What do you need to get your job done? What are the amenities that make your office life better? And what are some problems with your office that I could help you resolve?