Month: April 2016

The Modern Office

The New Modern Office is Trending

It’s 2016 and the workforce is slowly shifting from the baby boomer generation to the millennial generation. With that workforce shift comes a shift in office space and lifestyle expectations. Keeping your new work force motivated and happy at work can have a huge effect on their happiness and productivity. Many millennials now want to be part of the open office trend, which means you might be looking into a new office space and an openly designed office layout. While you are shifting your office over to the new modern office trend, keep The Quality Group in mind as we can help you get into your new office with ease.a modern office

Location

The millennial generation puts emphasis on balancing work and home life. Having an office in an urban area with high walkability access will sit well with millennials who are big on convenience. Easy access to work and entertainment in an urban area will be exactly the kind of convenient balance of work and life they are searching for in their life. They also like the option to choose where they work. Finding an office that has multiple workspace options, including outside options, can go a long way with your upcoming employees. While moving into a new office can seem daunting, planning for the happiness of your future employees is important. The Quality Group can ease your move into that modern office by taking every detail into account. We even calculate how many elevator trips it will take to move you and do so at a time that won’t interrupt business.

Space Planning

The modern office trend that the millennial generation expects comes with a whole different setup from the cubicles that used to be popular. Open-concept design and collaborative furniture are now on the rise and require spaces where more than one person can sit. The Quality Group has partners who can help any office optimize its space for the new workforce. They can optimize your office for your workers who need open spaces and for those who need individual spaces.

Furniture

The Quality Group partners with interior design companies that can help any office plan, design, and equip their office with the right furniture. From collaboration furniture to individual workspaces, they can help create your modern office with a perfect blend of open and individual workspaces with furniture professionally modern office furnitureassembled by the Quality Group. Whether you are bringing your previous furniture with you or are looking for new furniture, The Quality Group can help by moving, arranging, and collaborating with you on your furniture needs.

The millennial generation may have a different idea of an office from previous generations but The Quality Group is here to help you get a handle on moving. When you find the new office that will suit your workforce’s expectations, let The Quality Group come and seamlessly move you and create a workspace your new employees will love.


 

Work with The Quality Group

At The Quality Group, we’re your commercial relocation specialists. Founded in 1987 in New Orleans, LA, The Quality Group serves the Gulf States with comprehensive commercial moving services from move planning to furniture installation. No other company puts in the time or preparation that we do to make your move stress and hassle-free.

HR Communication During a Company Move

HR Can Help You Through a Company Move.

As the HR manager, during a move, your focus is on the staff. Your efforts will go toward giving the staff the right information for the move and making sure they maintain a positive mindset. Check out these tips to be an effective HR manager during your company’s move and ease the staff’s minds into the new office.

Know Why You are Moving

The initial news of the move will be shocking to your staff. Some of the employees may be anxious and some will be excited. Knowing why you are you moving and being able to illustrate this when people come to ask will be key. Conveying the vision behind the move will help ease minds.

Offer Support Channels

Be a part of the planning and communication from the start so you know what is going on and when it will be happening. Knowing each step of the plan will allow you to answer any questions that come your way from confused staff. Be sure to give staff multiple channels to voice their concerns and questions, whether it’s through social media, email, an online forum, or in person.

Map out the new office as part of your HR tasks. Map it Out

Providing maps to staff and clients will be essential to avoiding frustration after the move. Let them know visually and directionally where the new office is and how they can get there. Providing a map of the new office’s layout will also be helpful for staff.

Train Staff

New equipment may come with the new office and may require training to ensure proper use. Schedule out some training time for the new equipment.

Stay Positive

Rumors and bitter feelings may be swirling around the office due to the upcoming change. Staying positive with the vision of the new location and what it means will help dispel negativity. Keep staff updated on news so misinformation is not spread and the move is successful.

As the HR manager, you should plan a celebration after the move. Celebrate

Moving your office to a new location can be stressful so remember to celebrate after the successful move. Celebrating will get your office started with a positive attitude and help people get used to the new place.

Ask for Feedback

Including staff in the move so they know their opinion matters to the company is important. Get feedback from them after the move on what can make the new office more comfortable. In a new place, feeling comfortable can go a long way.

Communicating the right information during the move will benefit everyone and relieve loads of stress. As the HR manager, you can help be a positive influence during your company’s move into a new office.

 

Turnkey Movers

The Quality Group is an All-Inclusive Moving Company

Every business owner understands that moving offices is an enormous undertaking. Effectively planning for a smooth and efficient moving day requires time, resources, and manpower that most companies simply don’t have. Professional moving companies can significantly cut down on the stress and hassle of a complicated move. But why shop around for multiple moving companies that only offer options for part of the process? Here are some ways that The Quality Group can help relieve these burdens, acting as a one-stop-shop for all of your commercial moving needs and allowing your business to focus on present, day-to-day operations and not on future moving duties:

Move Planning

From our very first meeting, we begin to formulate a customized, unique strategy to move your business in the most efficient and effective way possible. The Quality Group takes an all-inclusive moving approach when creating your moving plan, working backwards from the exact date you wish to start business in your new office and location. From there we can successfully plan out the best time to begin the moving process, and handle all obstacles in between.

Project Management

The all-inclusive move includes project managementOur highly experienced and dedicated team works with you to oversee all components of your company’s move to ensure a smooth transition. This supervision and control of personnel, resources, and time allows for a positive moving experience that fosters trust between our clients and us. The most important move we’ll ever do is yours, and we promise to deliver on our claims.

Facility Installation

The Quality Group guarantees a timely, safe, stress-free, and all-inclusive moving job every time. From handling landlords and property owners before the moving has begun, to cleaning up after ourselves once the moving has completed, we take pride in making your experience as easy as possible. Leave the logistics and resource handling to us, and we promise a productive moving experience for your business.

Vendor Coordination

Still looking for a new location, or in need of assistance building new furniture? The Quality Group has developed an extensive network of professional resources throughout the southeast to assist in all aspects of your company’s unique move. From packaging supplies to office space optimization, we gather and organize all elements of your move to ensure the smoothest transition possible.

Furniture Install

The Quality Group can install funiture with their all-inclusive moveThe Quality Group’s extensive knowledge of industry practices and standards allows us to understand the ins and outs of your company’s unique office situation. Pulling from decades of commercial moving project experience, we know just about every way to assemble furniture. Whether you are looking to optimize your work space layout with new furniture, or need all of your equipment re-assembled and re-wired following a move, The Quality Group recognizes what it takes to get your business up and running as soon as possible.

Don’t leave the transition of your company during this vital time in the hands of multiple entities. You need a single, turnkey moving specialist that understands your business and its unique needs, coupled with an extensive knowledge of the moving process workflow. Pulling from years of client trust and strict deadline adherence, The Quality Group is the only solution your business needs for its next move.

Understanding an Office Lease

Know the Fundamentals of a Commercial Office Lease.

If you are shopping around for an office space, chances are you are serious about signing a lease. Whether you are a seasoned veteran and you have signed multiple commercial leases or this is your first office lease, it’s good to have a fundamental understanding of commercial office leases. Below you’ll find a few of the basics of an office lease that might concern you when negotiating. Addressing them early on will ensure you are left with no surprises when you sign.

Type of Lease

Knowing what type of lease you are signing is essential to renting an office space. Because there are various types of office leases, knowing which type you are dealing with will be helpful when budgeting. Below are a few types of leases you’ll come across when office hunting.

  1.  Full Service Lease – This type of lease is all-inclusive for you as the lessee. The landlord pays for all expenses including the taxes, insurance, utilities, and maintenance costs. This lease is easy to manage as the lessor because you’ll know exactly what you’ll pay each month.
  2. Triple Net Lease – This lease type is the most common and leaves the lesser to pay for the base rent, plus all of the property taxes, insurance, and maintenance costs. It requires more involvement and greater responsibility.

Business Restrictions

Commercial lease may restrict what type of business you can have at a certain location. Landlords or city ordinances may restrict the commercial property you want to lease to certain businesses. It’s important to know from the beginning if you can use the property for your type of business. Restrictions you may find include restrictions for restaurants, retail, and medical facilities.

Common Areas

For spaces you may be sharing with other tenants, you’ll want to find out what the commercial lease states about common area maintenance requirements. Knowing how much you’ll be charged for the upkeep of public spaces and what percentage you are responsible for when damages occur will help you to avoid any unforeseen costs.

Maintenance

The commercial lease will state who is responsible for maintenance. Once again, you’ll want to know what costs you are responsible for when repairs or improvements are needed. Will you be responsible for paying when the air conditioning unit fails? Also, do you want to be responsible for repairs or improvements so you know it will be completed in a timely manner? Negotiating the maintenance details in the commercial lease will improve your renting experience.

Signs

As a business, it’s important to label your company to clients and potential clients as part of your advertising. Although it may not seem like a big deal, being able to put a sign outside the building with your name on it is important to your business. Make sure you discuss this part of the commercial lease so you know about any restrictions on signage.

Commercial property leases are complex bindings between the lessor and lessee that will determine how positive of an experience you have while renting a space. Knowing some of the fundamentals of the lease will help you improve your office search and help you to know what you’ll want to negotiate for when you are ready to sign. Be sure to get a real estate lawyer for protection and full understanding of commercial leases. Always remember that commercial leases can be negotiated.