One of my long, boring meetings yesterday revolved around our pending move into new office space that is being completed for our Children and Youth departments. The primary topic of the meeting was to determine who 'qualified' for their own office and who would either need to share an office or have a cubicle. Our junior high team has been given 5 offices which is enough for each person to have their own. However, in the meeting I found out that I'm the only person who fits the qualifications for a private office (the process of who does and who does not qualify is a long, detailed one that actually makes quite a bit of sense). What doesn't make sense, however, is to cram two people into a tiny office...they don't qualify for their own, so the traditional practice has been to share an office between two people. Thus, in a moment of creativity mixed in with a twisted sense of adventure I decided to try propose something new.
When we move into our new space next week, NOBODY on the junior high team (including me) will be in an office. We'll all have private cubicles which we can make our own and we will have access to 5 open offices that any one of us can pop into at any given time for an hour or two or eight. Family pictures, knick knacks etc. will remain in the cubicle. We're going to theme each office and decorate accordingly. We'll have the 'big city room', the 'surf room', the 'garage room' , the 'locker room' and the 'global room'. If somebody is feeling beachy, they just pop into the surf room to work. Feeling like visiting New York or London? Then head to the big city room. Nobody will have their own office, but we'll all have 5 offices to chose from.
It might be really cool. It might be a disaster.