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Old 05-06-2019, 08:00 PM
 
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I am going through a lot of things and off from work for awhile.
While I'm off work, I discovered that the employer didn't want to pay higher lease rate and asked for underground basement for a new office. The basement ground is cement, no windows, very dusty, damp, drafty with nice new furniture and the other sections of the basement is file/storage rooms for other companies where there office is above ground.

It is shocking to find out that doing office administrative duties is now done in a basement and do you think there could be health issues working in the basement for a 9 to 5 job?

Would this be enough for you to consider to look for another job if you can find something similar with the same pay rate or put up with it?

I am not sure how common it is for companies to find a better lease and if basement is an option, they would take that? Have you heard of this being done? How did it go for the employees with drastic change of work environment?
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Old 05-06-2019, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Yes, it is done occasionally, and I have worked in a couple of basements, one specifically in an attempt to cut overhead. It was not particularly pleasant, but it isn't inherently a health hazard.

Your tolerance for the environment dictates how well you will be able to put up with it.
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Old 05-06-2019, 08:32 PM
 
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Yes, it is done occasionally, and I have worked in a couple of basements, one specifically in an attempt to cut overhead. It was not particularly pleasant, but it isn't inherently a health hazard.

Your tolerance for the environment dictates how well you will be able to put up with it.
Good to know! I do have concerns since I have some medical issues and I worry about the dampness that could cause problems with muscles and aches on certain organs.

Anyway, you put my worries to rest
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Old 05-06-2019, 08:37 PM
 
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Did you get to keep your stapler?
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Old 05-07-2019, 05:58 AM
 
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Ask Milton:
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Old 05-07-2019, 06:13 AM
 
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In one of my positions within my current organization, our department of analysts moved to the basement because it brought us closer to our operations. I didn't find the physical conditions an issue at all but it was the mental part of it that I had to overcome. Was it raining or snowing? Was it sunny? But most of all, I felt 'less than' all my other coworkers in the building who were on the upper floors with windows. I got past that by looking at the positives -- 1) the bathrooms were cleaner because less people used them in the basement, 2) it was much quieter thanks to those cinder block walls, 3) elevator ride was a breeze because I took one floor down and didn't have to stop at every floor with an elevator full of people. After a while I most enjoyed it and I made sure that I went out to the loading dock every once in a while for fresher air.

It was always a bit colder in the winter time but nothing a space heater or blankie couldn't fix.
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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A poor quality office will wear on you over time.

My last office was in a building built in the 40s that was poorly maintained. Water stained carpet and visible water damage on parts of the ceiling. Occasional leaks where trash cans caught the water. If it rained hard, the toilet bowls on the lower level would back up.

The office was actually in a good location, which kept me placated for awhile, but the conditions wore on me. We eventually moved to a building that was properly configured for office space and recently remodeled, but in a worse location, and I'm much happier with the more recent arrangement.
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Pittsford, NY
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Sorry to hear of the possible assignment to the depths....

Only suggestion I have is to not say anything. I don't have exact comparison, but 30 years ago as a junior engineer I was given a closet for a major new project that contained only a large old defunct AC system which was being removed. Room had no windows, was designed to be hidden and not seen deliberately. It was a miserable place, well they took the old AC works out and I got a workbench and went on with project. We eventually patented and published much of what was done after many years work, but the catch was when the project started I said something to somebody who was going to tear out the whole floor for management uses and I was an invader to his plan. Well that guy I said something to became a big shot and remembered I was a complainer. Never mind we had great success on the project, got patents, published it. That guy at the time who was new to management felt I was a complaining idiot that stole his floor planning for his executive tear out plans. That is not good to have these aggressive management oriented people who remember when you say something.

Just stay quiet, take lots of walking breaks and/or other breaks is my advice.
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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I am going through a lot of things and off from work for awhile.
While I'm off work, I discovered that the employer didn't want to pay higher lease rate and asked for underground basement for a new office. The basement ground is cement, no windows, very dusty, damp, drafty with nice new furniture and the other sections of the basement is file/storage rooms for other companies where there office is above ground.

It is shocking to find out that doing office administrative duties is now done in a basement and do you think there could be health issues working in the basement for a 9 to 5 job?

Would this be enough for you to consider to look for another job if you can find something similar with the same pay rate or put up with it?

I am not sure how common it is for companies to find a better lease and if basement is an option, they would take that? Have you heard of this being done? How did it go for the employees with drastic change of work environment?

Well, think about this, some people work in submarines for months at a time, some people can tolerate that, some can't. You know yourself, so you should know if this is a deal breaker for you. Personally, it would not particularly bother me, I have worked in places with few or no windows and it was ok.
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:41 AM
 
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I’ve worked in the basement before and it wasn’t ideal but also wasn’t that big of a deal. It was well lit so the only issue was that you had no idea if it was day or night unless you looked at your watch.
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