Movin’ on Up! Big Changes at QLP
When I started at Quality Logo Products in mid-March 2013, we were growing as any healthy company should. Our cozy little building housed every department and we could walk ten feet to say hi to the sales people or peek our heads over our cubes to talk to our co-workers. Before long I didn’t even need to poke my head over my cubicle wall to chat with colleagues. As more and more new people were hired, they started to fill every inch of desk, counter, and floor space. Soon I didn’t have to do more than turn my head to ask a question or get an opinion from my office mates. It became a good idea to get to work early each day so you could find a spot in the parking lot, and to make sure your music wasn’t loud enough to be heard past your headphones.
As cozy and friendly as it was, it was time to divide. Not like grab-your-torch-and-pitch-fork divide, more like… mitosis.
The Media, Content, Data Entry and Web Team departments began to box up their things, from bobble heads to monitors, as other departments like the Sales and Orders Department slowly filled in our empty cubicles.
Those of us moving looked back, reluctantly at our desks as we carried boxes to cars and filled several vehicles to the brim. We liked our office: the tiny kitchen, the crowded conference room, the cluttered cubes. Moving to a new office meant unfamiliar spaces, new rules, and a 5 minute drive between us and the sales department.
Upon arriving at our new office the first thing we noticed was the spacious parking lot. “Hey! We won’t have to fight for parking anymore,” someone called happily.
As we got to the top of the stairs with our first trip of boxes, we looked around at the line of cubicles that ran down the wide hallway. “There are enough cubes here for everyone to have two,” someone muttered.
We began to bring boxes into designated offices and peek our heads through other doors to see what we could find. “There sure are a lot of offices,” someone commented.
“Yeah and they all have windows!” another person replied.
Our manager started to lead us around the office. “Over here is our new conference room…”
“Wow, we could fit everyone in here!”
“And here is the storage room if you need anything…”
“Everything is so organized.”
“And here is our new game room…”
A chorus of excited murmurs came from my coworkers as our manager opened the doors and let us look inside. We had to use our imagination at the time, but we eagerly pictured the X-Boxes and PlayStations and flat screen TVs.
Next we were led to the Media Studio.
Our manager swung open the door and the first thing we saw was the giant, bright green wall.
We stood there in awe and excitement, imagining the many videos that would come to life in this room.
We broke for lunch and headed toward our new kitchen with our meals, only to be met again with more awe. The kitchen held 3 tables where we could all comfortably sit together, 2 microwaves and our very own fridge. No more crowding into a kitchen the size of a small cubicle and fighting over the microwave! No more timing your lunch an hour early or an hour late so you could cook your food and eat before your break was over. No more sitting alone, at your desk, or outside to eat.
As we sat down to lunch together, we were full of hope and exhilaration. That excitement has led to hilarious videos, insightful blogs, and a whole new look for our website. And it still drives us today as we come in to our new office and make magic happen behind the scenes of QLP.
If you would like to see more of our new office pictures then head on over to our Yelp page to check them out!