I wanted to share a recent experience with the MT community that I found eye opening. I have always been the type of manager not to sit in my office and visit with each member of my team during the day. I would make sure to get out of my office many times during the day and be amongst my team. Like many managers, I thought I was spending enough time with my directs. However, due to some construction in our building my office has been closed for the last 5 weeks. With no office, I set up shop at an empty cube right in the middle of my team. The experience of being with my team all day long has been tremendous. The opportunities to coach and provide feedback (positive and correctional) have increased at least 10 fold. In addition, with my being there I am able to set the mood and pace for the team. I knew morale had slipped, but it was far worse than I imagined. In 5 weeks, the moral has increased and is probably the highest I have seen with my team. The impact has been huge! When I have my office back after construction I will not be spending much time in it. I am going to keep that cube with my team and spend 80-90% of my time there. I will use my office only when necessary for confidentiality purposes.