Office Move: Pros and Cons

There’s a chance for me to move my office at the university. I’ve been in the same room for sixteen years, now. My file cabinet is sunk into the floor (it was already like that when I was hired). The room has a very limited configuration of space. I am heartily sick of it. But, moving? Much work. Advice, please?


  • Recently repainted
  • Quieter
  • Some newer furnishings
  • Ability to organize as I’d like


  • Moving house already, why more hassle?
  • New keys, new phone extension, new office number, new business cards
  • Ugly curtain and no blinds but much less blinding sunlight and lawnmowing
  • Very far away from the rest of the department (is that always a con?)

4 Responses to “Office Move: Pros and Cons”

  1. sm Says:

    If the office is a real improvement, move. Demand that the University give you a great big hand. Aren’t you the most senior historian there?

  2. Ricki Says:

    I believe that, for several reasons, a move may prove to be a good thing. Fresh office, devoid of all the “stuff” that you know you have accumulated that you really have no need or user for, can be very energizing. The down side is the amount of work to take to move, the up side is that you will no longer look at the sunken file cabinet.

  3. squadratomagico Says:

    I think you should go for it, too. Change is a good thing — refreshing! You’ll see all your books and other things in a new way.

  4. Bardiac Says:

    I moved offices last summer, mostly because I wanted a quieter space. It’s GREAT!

    And weird how much more time I spend talking to the folks in the next office over than I used to. It’s interesting how much of a difference it makes if you’re the first open door someone runs into as they step out to think out loud. I just get different folks than I used to.