Our office at work is a real mess and there are far more bodies using it than there are desks. At peak times it's like musical chairs. We are now in the process of reorganising it in order to make it a nicer environment to work in, and this is supposed to make us all much more productive & efficient. They won't make it too nice, or no one will want to get any work done.
BUT... we're not talking about one of those brand-spanking new all glass offices owned by some mega-bucks corporate giant. We're talking Victorian factory/ mill converted badly by an architect on a bad day. And there is no money in the budget to make things better so there will be no extra desks or chairs.
So one of the suggestions for improvement is HOT DESKING! Yeah, brilliant in principle, everyone CLEARS THEIR DESKS COMPLETELY at the end of the day - obviously making all their pens and post-it notes and files invisible because there's no storage space, is there? - and the next day the winners of musical desks unpack all their stuff and start again. Not sure how that will make us more productive, as I'm reckoning on at least 30 minutes' time wasted each morning for each laptop computer to redock itself & warm up.
It's also fine to hot desk if you don't have chronic pain and don't need your chair and computer monitor positioned in an exact spot all the time in order to avoid a flare up & monstrous headaches. Lugging all my stuff from one end of the office to another every morning and evening will really do my shoulder a lot of good - it will, of course take me longer than everyone else to do the lugging because I'll need to make several trips. (and where am I going to keep my little stash of painkillers?)
So I have written what I hope is an eloquent email to the Room-Tidying Project Manager to raise my objections and to politely insist that I get my own desk. I think they have to honour this in order to help me do my job.
Why do I feel so guilty and embarrassed about having to ask to be singled out as a special case?
There are rumours they are going to move the office microwave - how will I get to heat up my wheatie heat pack?!