Do any of these issues you have raised go directly towards your productivity? If so, frame it towards something that translates into time or productivity loss directly and you'll likely get a more actionable response, rather than just a friendly ear or outright dismissal of your observations.
It adds significantly to my drive each way, plus walk-in time. And the
area gets worse in rush hour and with snow/rain, which is fairly
How does this translate to your output? Do you have to leave early? Are you going home late? Is it affecting your work, or is it just a personal issue? Do you have to clock-in/clock-out?I am sure that you are not the only one inconvenienced by a longer commute.
This particular issue is common to many high-rise office complexes - which sounds like what you have moved into. This is doubly true if your building is a shared office complex (ie, each floor is a different company).
If you can translate this intro productivity loss; then your manager may look into telecommuting you for part of the work week. Not sure what much can be done other than that.
Previously we were on the ground floor. Now it's in a tower, and the
floor will flex/move/bounce which is distracting.
As mentioned by others, this is a common "feature" with many high rises; especially those that are built in earthquake prone, or especially windy areas. The reason being, the more flexible the building is, the more energy it can absorb rather than dissipate, which makes it structurally sound when it comes to natural disasters like earthquakes.
I know many colleagues that have observed the same in my building (we were on the 11th floor); however it seems to affect everyone differently. Some people barely notice it, others notice it but ignore it.
If its not the building but rather specifically the floor; it sounds like you have a raised floor (common in many buildings, to assist with cabling). You can tell because the floor will be raised when compared to the common area of the building - like the elevator lobby.
If this is the case, moving your desk may not help - unless you move it to an area that doesn't have much foot traffic and if you are unlucky enough to be in an open-plan floor, I don't think much can be done.
The combination of being on a high level plus a parking structure
means it takes much longer for me to go out for food/breaks.
You could arrange with your manager to have food delivered to the building (this is what we do, to be honest - then its just a matter of going to the lobby and meeting the delivery person).
However, how is this affecting your productivity? Are these breaks something mandated for everyone or just you specifically? For example - if its a no-smoking building and you need to go out to smoke, this applies specifically to you and not everyone. However, if this is an issue of a lunch break that everyone takes - then its a more common problem and one which others may have raised as well.
The bottom line is to frame these concerns in terms of productivity loss or work output issues - if you expect something to be done about them. If you are just saying them for the sake of getting some feedback on the office, then this is something else entirely.