We’ve moved offices! Admittedly only downstairs but the impact it has had on our productivity really shows the truth in the old adage that a change is as good as a rest. Somehow, the new office is exactly the right amount of space for us, it feels right and we feel right working in it. It feels easier to communicate and to focus. And it is making the team work more effectively.
There was very little conscious thought that went into the decision to move downstairs. It fulfilled a number of specific needs in that it was the right amount of space for the number of people now based at the office; it would mean we didn’t have to do the whole change of address thing; we wouldn’t have to carry all our event kit up the stairs; and it would minimise the disruption to business activity of the move itself. And on that basis we decided to move.
So we’ve moved and, just like when I was 14 and moving my bedroom around at home, we have happily spent a little time finding places for things and getting things sorted. Having had a few staff changes over the last 6 months, we now have a complete team and it’s been a really useful process to do this (small) move together so everyone feels that they have their place in the office and in the business. There is a renewed confidence about us and (she says in a whisper for fear of jinxing it) we might be approaching that elusive feeling of being almost maybe on top of things.
This feeling of being on top of things is the most addictive thing I know. It is a feeling of being in control, being calm, that everything is planned and there is enough time for it all, that it is ok to take a break and think about something else. I don’t feel that way very often. I don’t think that any of us do really and certainly those who own and manage their own business very rarely experience this utopia. Having said that, whenever I do feel that way, it also worries me a little. The doubts start to creep in and I worry that I have forgotten something vitally important and look at that, I’m back in the mix of it all again.
To be honest, that’s where I am at my happiest. Not feeling on top of it all but rather being productive and getting on with it and being in the right space is fundamental to that productivity for me and for the wider team. We need a space where we can work, chat, play, relax, concentrate….and enjoy our work. As event managers we work hard and play hard and our workspace needs to reflect that too, it needs to enable us to do our thing. I don’t think I realised how important it was and how much of an impact moving those 10 yards downstairs would have on how we work together. So all it takes is changing a few small things to make all the difference. Maybe my grandmother was right and a change is as good as a rest!
Claire Eason Bassett, Managing Director, Mackerel Sky