I’ve worked at a publishing company in downtown Chicago for 11 years. In that time, I’ve sat in 12 different cubicles.
There’s always a reason: The bosses want to group all the writers together. Or they want managers in one portion of the floor and flunkies in another section. Or maybe they want all the production designers in one corner and all the sales reps in another.
I can generally count on staying at one cubicle for about five months. Then somebody comes up with a new idea and I’m on the move again.
Because I mostly work from home — I telecommute four days a week — this isn’t too bad. I have it down to one metal tray; That’s all I take with me when I move from cubicle to cubicle. The IT folks take care of the rest.
I wonder, though, who exactly is the person who decides that it’s time for people to sit at different cubicles? Is this just a person who doesn’t have enough to do? Or is this a person who thinks that by moving workers around, they’ll somehow help build morale?
I don’t know. But it can’t be too hard to determine who’s in charge of cubicle switches: Just look for the person who hasn’t moved from his or her own cubicle in 10 years.