Hi there Jake, thanks for reaching out. Just to clarify, are you dragging both the seating location and the employee name to the same object? If yes, then they are both expected to show up in the data panel for this shape, since otherwise the data would not be linked to the shape.
With conditional formatting you can automatically change shape and line properties depending on the text, formula or shape data associated with the shape. You can read more about conditional formatting in this useful Help Center article. It is currently not possible to change text properties (e.g. text color) using conditional formatting. However, we're always looking for ways to improve Lucidchart, and your feedback is the best way for us to do that. Would you and anyone else interested in this mind adding your idea to our feature request form? Ideas submitted to this form are passed on to the product development team for their consideration.
Hope this helps!