I am a full time academic working at a university and am struggling with productivity levels at the moment.
Firstly, I do not have an office or hot desk and it is impacts the work I do. When i started this role four years ago, I was informed that once a desk became available I would have office space. Nothing has changed, and I am advised to just find space where I can. My only options are the library which involves currently circling each floor looking for a space to work or working in the noisy cafe areas as these have tables. I arrive at work at 8am and can still be looking for a desk or space to work an hour or two later.
Should I need to use the bathroom or have a drink / food, I have to pack my belongings up and the search for space begins on my return.
I have brought this issue up on a monthly basis with my HoD and she states that her hands are tied and is looking for space.
I now tend to work from home as I am guaranteed desk space and access to a telephone. No one has ever questioned where I am but feel it is impacting my mental health and work productivity levels.
Does anyone have any advice or words of wisdom please? I feel that jobs are so scarce in academia that I have to maintain this role. Thanks