The meeting rooms in my office used to have names. The facilities guys recently removed all the name plaques and replaced them with coded room numbers. For example, 3W-CR3, which decodes to third floor, west wing, conference room 3. They replaced all of the Outlook room names with the new encoded ones also. The result is that for over a month now, me and all my coworkers are confused. Is the meeting in this room? We look at the plaque on the door in puzzlement, coach and help each other with “yes, it’s in here” or “no, one room over”. Lots of times we try to confirm a location by asking “is this the Mountain Room”? It’s just been kind of a mess.
I think it’s an interesting psychological experiment. Is the problem just that we’re all resistant to change? Or is it really harder to remember a coded sequence than a word? I’m a former software engineer, so no stranger to code or numeric data, but even I am finding it hard to remember which room is “3W-CR3”. I have very good spacial ability, so when I hear a room name (or code), I visualize it in my head spacially, where it is in the floor plan. But I have yet to mentally attach the new coded names to the rooms in my mental map.