In this week’s Ask Achievers, Melissa Young takes on one of the biggest side effects of growth: office crowding. Melissa is the office coordinator in the Achievers San Francisco office. She is responsible for growth and operations in SF, in addition to her many other Employee Success roles.
Dear Ask Achievers,
Good news: our company is growing, and growth means new hires! Bad news: we’re running short on desk space. The executives have a long-term plan to solve the lack of seats issue, but I’ve got a near-term problem of cramped and frustrated employees. What can I do to keep my team from jumping ship?
I feel your pain! We are dealing with the same growing pains here at Achievers. While growing pains are natural and growth is a good thing, it can be difficult to navigate through these challenges. We all need our personal space and a cramped work environment is never enjoyable.
But it is important to remember that as a part of a growing company, you have to take the good with the bad.
Things are moving fast, every day is completely different from the last—it is fun to be a part of this! This also means some things—like seating arrangements—become difficult to manage. In the short term, we do what it takes to fit everyone in and keep moving forward. This is where it is so important that every employee feels like they are a part of the company’s mission.
Sacrifices are made to succeed, whether it is working long hours, spending countless hours on the road, or dealing with a cramped work space. When everyone understands the mission they are working towards, these sacrifices make more sense. Seating arrangements are never permanent. Inevitably, in a growing company, the arrangements will continue to move and change. As long as there is a long term plan in place and a shared mission, employees can appreciate the bigger picture and look forward to bigger and better things to come!