The emotional baggage of an office move
Dec 20, 2015 7:39 AM - It's moving day. Your essential work tools -- dog-eared reference books, stacks of ratty notepads -- have been jumbled into plastic crates, to be offloaded into a sleek, modular cube with all the character and privacy of a surgical theater. Meanwhile, the tchotchkes you rely on to keep you sane and motivated -- family photos, musical cards, Crazy Cat Lady action figure -- have become paraphernalia non grata, to be schlepped home in a 1.2-cubic-foot cardboard box. "You really can't take anything else with you," says Rocco Balsamo from JK Moving Services, the company helping The Washington Post relocate this week. Downsizing is the watchword as employers respond to economic pressures and technological changes by seeking more space-efficient quarters. A survey by CoreNet Global found that the average square footage per worker fell from 225 in 2010 to 150 or less in 2013.