By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Sooner or later in the life cycle of your organization you are going to move your office. A commercial relocation
is commonly as anxious for you and your employees as a household goods move, only a lot more for you since you're accountable for your crew's well-being, as well. The following are 6 strategies to keep your crew commited and involved throughout your office move to Little Rock
Be as truthful and transparent as possible with your personnel. Tell them the reasons for the move--expansion, less costly office space, or even the need to be closer to infrastructure like rail terminals or airports--and more to the point, make the move public as early as possible. When your move is a result of downsizing, assure your remaining staff that the move is component to a positive reorientating. Send out a pre-move work schedule along with crucial dates--any assignment deadlines, the periods you're going to be moving, the periods that you'll be packing and loading. The greater specifics you supply, the better your crew can manage their duties through to the move day. If something shifts in your timetable, spread the word.
Once you've opted to make a move, gather suggestions from your team--a wish list, if you will--about the area and the style of office they might prefer. Whenever possible, include your staff in the decision making--these are the individuals who got you where you are, therefore their ideas and tips should make a difference.
Tackle Drive Times, Transportation, and Parking
Each company is diverse, however there are a few constants across the board for example--everyone will have to commute to the office. If you are in a small town, a move is not such a big deal relating to things like parking garages, public transportation, and traffic patterns as they normally will not be a difficulty. If those are issues for your staff, you'll need to consider how they impact their ability to get to and from the new location in a reasonable time, and how and where they park should you be in an metropolitan space where parking is at limited. Think about everyone's new travel and time, and if it's possible, offer to assist with transit cost or parking charges. Be receptive to flexible hours or work-from-home days for your workers who are up against lengthy driving times.
Offer Information Regarding Child Care in Little Rock
Research day care and after school care around the new area and offer to help pay for the application fees for associates who will need to make a change in day care.
Identify Requirements, However Have Fun
It's easy to get stuck in the anxiety and adrenaline rush--to the point which not much work gets done in the run-up to the office move to Little Rock. Particularly if your move is interstate, it is easy to forget the jobs at hand when you are house-hunting and trying to sell your old residence and checking out school districts and uprooting families. There'll be turmoil and concern, hence grant your staff some leeway--but be prepared to gently get any wanderers back on course if they begin to slip.
Human nature being how it is, there's bound to be a tad of low morale and anxiousness within the days approaching the move. Just as before, if the move is long distance this will be more pronounced, so offer rewards for staying focused and productive. Arrange packing gatherings or get-togethers for families on the weekends.
Put Together an Information Packet on Little Rock
Even in this online age, an information packet is an excellent item to have. The particulars of the folder is dependent upon the size of the move--if it happens to be across town then chances are you wouldn't have to investigate school choices and local communities. For a move involving moving residences as well as the office, there are the points you will need to address, for example: neighborhoods, schools, daycare, churches, hospitals/health care, local shops (supermarket, local pharmacy, shopping), dining establishments, veterinarians, gyms and after school programs.
Like any move, a commercial relocation to Little Rock is going to be hectic. By following these simple ideas, you can alleviate some of that tension and ensure it is a positive adventure leading to higher staff retention, so that you can hit the ground running the initial day at the new workspace.
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