Saturday, August 22, 2015
Well, I finally got my office moved home. I went up to work today and brought home my desk and some other small things, but something unexpected happened while I was there. I actually was fighting tears. I don't think I've ever cried over a job, especially one I'm NOT losing, but it really struck me hard today.
I work for a Fortune 300 company, and have for the last 4 years. But back in April the decision came down from the top to close our branch office. At the time we had 9 people working there and most of us were like a family. We were all given the option to stay, if we could pack up and move to Little Rock, which is about 2.5 hours from here; not exactly a daily commute. Out of those 9, only 3 could commit to stay. So over the past few months, our numbers have begun to dwindle as one-by-one my 'family' started to fall apart. Our end dates were all staggered based on the type of job we all did, but as of the middle of July there have only been 3 of us left.
I am lucky. My boss moved me into a different position that will allow me to work from home - nobody else got that option. So, although I didn't lose my job, and I am still working for the company I love with some of the people I've been with for 4 years, it's tough. When I left the office today, the whole place was bare. The refrigerator was cleaned out and the doors were standing open. All the computers were gone. Our server tower was standing alone in the conference room, just a bare frame since all the servers are gone. Desk chairs pushed to he edge of the room. All of our desks were sold to the Austin office, so the place was empty. It broke my heart for a little while.
My hubby helped me bring the desk from my bosses old office (it didn't match the other furniture so it stayed) to our house and now I have a little corner of my den set up as an office. I know that working from home will be both a blessing and a challenge, but it won't ever be the same as working in a fast paced, energetic office with people that were close to my heart (mostly).
These next few weeks will involve me setting a schedule and getting into the grind of it. I'm planning to go to Green Bay soon to job shadow a couple of people there, but it's going to be quiet. I'm sure I'll miss the social interaction even if being home means that I can keep the laundry done during my breaks and go to the gym pretty much whenever I get the urge.
Wish me luck, guys. It's going to be an interesting ride.