Monday will be a day of reckoning at my work place. It is the day we move to our new building. There are approximately 80 offices that need to be emptied and moved to the new building. Over 300 boxes of patient records will be moved. All the omens predict chaos.
The renovations at the new building are not complete. There still is no internet. Some offices don’t have electricity yet. The new office and waiting room furniture will arrive on Monday just as the moving company will be moving in all our computers, boxes, filing cabinets, supplies, and everything else we are taking with us. It will take all week for the new furniture to be installed. The cardboard boxes that we were provided with from Walmart are reluctant to let tape adhere, so I foresee bottoms crashing out of boxes as they are moved. Somehow, in the midst of this, we have to attend to our crisis and emergency clients, and see clients via telehealth from our homes.
I am responsible for four offices, including two offices in which we give people tests, my play therapy room, and my personal office. I filled 45 rather large boxes with books, test manuals, toys, office supplies, paper tests and test kits, four computers and their monitors, and our telephones for each office. I also had to label each piece of furniture with the number of the new offices to which they are to be delivered. We didn’t have the new office numbers until last Thursday, so I spent Thursday and Friday feverishly labeling my boxes and furniture. I am thankful that a psychometrist and another psychologist from the Bismarck office are coming on Wednesday to help me unpack and set up the testing offices.
The move has been a physical challenge for me. The boxes are heavy. I removed bulletin boards that were screwed to the wall while standing on top of desks. I had to disassemble a large room divider for one of the testing rooms. Monday morning I have to go to the new building and remove two unnecessary desk peninsulas that are attached to the walls in the testing rooms so that there is room for the Psychology filing cabinets. The construction company says it isn’t in their contract to do so. I better not lose my purse, since that is where I stored all the nuts and bolts and filing cabinet keys.
There is no one to blame for this. Our regional director worked hard to get the movers, furniture delivery, internet installation, and building construction to align with the deadline from the college that owns our old building to be out by July 20. It is hard to control the outcome with so many different working parts. I am hopeful that by the end of the week things will be back to normal.
What is the biggest project you have been involved with? Do you plan or follow others’ plans?