Imagine going to work on a normal weekday, with important meetings scheduled throughout the day. In between these meetings are some private conversations you need to have with other co-workers, as well as some vital phone calls to make. As you walk through your office building, looking for a place to have a private conversation, you find that every possible location already has someone in it. Later, you and your team find out that all the meeting rooms are reserved and you are relocated to the kitchen, where people are walking in and out, making it difficult to stay focused and on task. By 3pm, while sitting at your desk, you start to feel a little cramped, with someone sitting directly on either side of you. Frustrated you head out to a coffee shop to try and utilize the last couple productive hours of the day.
Doesn’t sound like an efficient and productive work environment, does it?
This has been the reality for many of the staff in the regional office. Availability of meeting rooms is limited, private rooms are all taken, and desk space seems to shrink every year with the growing number of staff. Frequently many work from home or head out to a coffee shop out of necessity.
To solve this dilemma, a few brave souls on the operations team got together and started redesigning the office space. I put together a proposal and my team leader presented it to the Regional Directors. They approved it and over the summer, the knocking down of walls and the remodeling of the office began. We obtained additional space around us and built out. New furniture came in and additional meeting rooms and enclaves were created.
Operations exist to develop, create, and sustain processes and systems, which allow us to give every student and faculty the opportunity to know God and grow in a relationship with Him.
Our mission is to serve in our operational gifting’s to build capacity, increase effectiveness, and to accelerate the mission of every student and faculty having the opportunity to know God personally and love and serve Him for a lifetime.
We aren’t quite finished yet, but instead of one conference room, we now have two. Instead of 5 enclaves, we now have 8. And we have a cleaner cafeteria (which serves as our largest meeting space when needed), with more cabinets and counter space. There’s even a lounge and worktable there, so a small group can collaborate in a more open environment.
The new school year has just begun, but these rooms are being well utilized and productivity is on the rise. Far more exciting to me is that we are able to most effectively live out our call to win, build and send laborers to the world to help fulfill the Great Commission.