Having just undertaken one recently, and hearing about other companies trials and tribulations I thought it would be worthwhile to write an article on the emotional content that is undercurrent in a move no matter if you are dying to move in or you hate the thought of leaving your old place.
There is a ‘Before the Move’ emotional space, a ‘During the Move’ phase and then the ‘After the Move’ emotional context. Emotions are not related to time as such but the content does vary in these 3 phases 송파스웨디시.
The ‘Before’ stage is all about planning ahead. Someone may have slapped a box on your desk and tell you that you are moving tomorrow so get packing. The immediate crisis is related to: ‘What do I pack?’ and ‘How do I pack?’ It may seem obvious that everything has to go, but it is not true. In packing a carton there are choices to be made. Not everything will go with you, and this is when you have to think ahead and make decisions. This is a hard task to do as you don’t know what you will need in the future. Nevertheless you undertake a time of emotion that is marked by sadness and
some fear. Can you throw out that old book or load or receipts from way back when? We look at these questions and have to make a decision. Most people will err on the side of taking too much with them for fear that the one thing that they throw out is the one thing that will be needed in the new office. This means that rational planning is out of the window of course. Some people will take too little and find that they have to raid the stationery cupboard as they threw out too much. The other problem is that what do you do with the stuff that has to be disposed of.
Document shredding becomes the flavour of the day with everyone wanting time to do their own shredding. Of course if someone has really planned this well, archived material can be shredded in advance internally or externally through firms that specialise in document destruction. Usually it is not a great thing to do, it is time wasting on the packing day – sadness again, and the documents should have been shredded long ago – frustration and irritation builds up.
Actually packing a carton with your personal belongings from your desk is an art form in itself. What should be wrapped and what can manage on its own rattling around the box has to be decided upon, and there will be good packers and the not so good packers and if anything gets broken it can be close to tear time for some individuals.
Assuming you have packed your boxes that you are responsible for and have left the premises, the next work day is usually the unpacking day. But ‘During the Move’ phase emotional content whether it be overnight or weekend, will generally be fear based as at this point you hope that the move goes well, that your own things will arrive safely and anxiety arises about the right box landing on your desk with the right chair and filing cabinets etc.
The next work day is usually the ‘After the Move’ experience. Here, it is fraught with sadness. Nothing is the same as the old office. I call this ‘Death by a Thousand Losses’. When you go to switch a light on, the switch is not there; when you want to file something, the filing cabinet isn’t set up yet. Trying to start a day’s productive work is impossible due to the clamour from others who are still unpacking. Irritation builds up, but it is the underlying loss of knowing where everything is, that is the deepest cut of all.