Month: July 2016

Supporting Employees During an Office Move

Support Your Employees During a Move

Relocating your company to a new location involves meticulous planning and significant preparation. You have many aspects to consider including the furniture, equipment, and daily essentials. While the item logistics for your move are extremely important for your business, there is another aspect that is a vital part of your business you’ll need to address too. Your employees will need a different kind of support for the move than your business items. For your employees, the move is new and unknown. Supporting them during the change is key to keeping your business running smoothly.

How Moving Impacts Employees

A few days of interrupted work due to the move will not heavily affect your employees work life. An employee can generally recover their work routine easily after an office move because it is not a permanent disruption. While their work life will not be heavily affected by the move, their personal life is another matter. Whether it is an international move or a local move, routines will change because of the relocation. Commutes, daycare pick-up times, and morning routines can all be affected by an office relocation. Your employees will need to adjust to the relocation and have time to plan how they will accommodate the change.

Revealing the Relocation NewsSupport your employees during a move by answering questions.

The initial reveal of the move will likely come as a shock to your employees. While you and your management team may have been excited for the change, you’ve already had time to adjust. Your employees will feel differently and will need time to understand what this means for them. Tell them face-to-face and be ready to answer any questions they may have about the move. You’ll want to tell them as early as you can so they can start their own preparations and begin to plan for themselves and their family. The more time they have to plan the better prepared they will be for the new office.

Support your employees during a move by offering some assistance. Supporting Your Employees During the Move

Supporting your employees during a move will help them adjust to the new location quicker because they will have one less thing to worry about. Whether you help them plan their new commute or provide a moving care package that pays for their relocation, providing some kind of assistance will relieve a little of their stress. Showing that you are aware of the challenges facing your employees and are putting forth effort to help them through it will go a long way. Whatever assistance you decide to provide to your employees, decide in the planning stages and let them know when you announce the move.

Your employees are a valuable part of your business. Supporting your dedicated workers in the relocation will help you retain happy and hard-working employees. The extra support will also relieve their stress and allow them to stay focused on the job at hand. An office move can be a great new experience for everyone involved with the proper support for and from your employees.


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.

Summer Moving Advice from the Professionals

Tips for A Summer Move

Summer can be a slow time for your company so you might be planning to make it your relocation season. Moving in the summer however, brings its own challenges. While it may be your slow season, the moving season is in full swing and the hot weather can be more of a hinder than a help. We’ve compiled some moving advice to help you maneuver through a summer move so your relocation is smooth and worry-free.

Keeping Cool During Your Summer MoveDuring your summer move, have water available.

One of the main challenges you’ll face during a summer move is staying cool. When you and your employees transport your personal desk items into the new office from the old office be sure both places are ready for you. Make sure the air conditioning is on and running in both offices so you and your employees can stay cool. Also, have water available at both locations. People can become dehydrated quickly during the summer so provide water to everyone involved in the move.

You can also have a casual dress day so your employees can wear cooler outfits to stay comfortable during the move.

Prioritizing During Your Summer Move

Having access to the essentials in the new office will be a priority for you and your employees. The last thing you want is to get to the new office the day after moving and not be able to make some much-needed coffee. The items that you use daily should be packed and marked in specific boxes so you can access them quickly after getting to the new office.

Packing for Your Summer MoveDuring a summer move, pack your electronics last.

It is likely you have many small electronic items in your office. As you probably know, electronic devices and extreme heat do not mix. In order to prevent any malfunction in your electronic devices, be sure to pack them last, avoid letting them sit in a vehicle that is not air conditioned, and unpack them immediately after you get to the new office.

Planning for Your Summer Move

As mentioned before, the summer is a busy time for moving companies. Many businesses take the summer season to relocate since it is their slow season, which results in moving companies booking up quickly. If you are planning to relocate your business during this time as well, we suggest planning ahead and scheduling your move day with the moving company well in advance.

Relaxing After Your Summer Move

After everyone has made it to the new office with all of their desk items, giving them a chance to set everything up will go a long way. You should also give yourself and your employees a chance to celebrate the relocation. Spend the rest of the move day enjoying the new place and getting a feel for how everything flows. Sending out for sandwiches and snacks will add to the festivities and help everyone feel relaxed in the new office and comfortable with the change.

A summer move can be a great chance for the company to relocate at a time that won’t interfere with business. Just remember that summer brings challenges when moving is in involved. With proper planning however, you and your employees can enjoy a smooth relocation that is stress free.


 

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.

 

Your Moving Questions Answered

Business Relocation Questions Answered

Moving is a taxing time that demands a lot of time and effort. You have many moving parts to coordinate and questions arise about how things should be handled for the relocation. Your moving company probably handles a lot of the process so we’ve compiled a list of questions about the moving process that a lot of business owners have for moving companies. Find out what you need to know so you can coordinate your relocation more effectively.

 

  1. How Do I Get a Price Estimate?Call your movers for a business relocation estimate.

Receiving a price estimate from your local movers should be a simple phone call away. Moving companies vary in how they give estimates but with The Quality Group, we come to your business to do a free move consultation. The consultation includes everything from how we pack up your computer equipment to how many elevator trips it will take to move you out of the building. No matter the method, a moving company will give you a fairly accurate estimate of your move, whether in person or over the phone.

 

  1. When Should I Call to Schedule my Move?

Generally, the earlier moving companies know about the move, the better options you have. Planning your move in advance allows you to pick your ideal moving date instead of having to work around a booked schedule. Moving companies try their hardest to accommodate clients and schedule something on short notice but it doesn’t always work out optimally. Get an easier experience by booking your move as soon as you know you’re relocating.

 

  1. What Services Can You Provide for the Move?Business relocation companies offer a wide array of services

Different moving companies can provide a varying range of services. At The Quality Group, we are a comprehensive moving company and provide all the services you need for a move, from the move planning to the furniture installation in the new office. Contact your moving company to understand what services they can provide for you and which ones you’ll have to take care of by yourself.

 

  1. How do You Protect My Items?

Professional moving companies take the safety of your items seriously. They pack your items in protective wrapping, place them in cardboard boxes, or put them in plastic tubs, and secure them safely on the truck. On top of handling your items with care, moving companies have the extra precaution of insurance just in case something breaks. At The Quality Group, we are bonded, licensed, and insured for both our protection and yours.

 

  1. Do You Specialize in Moving Businesses?

Moving companies can be flexible in the types of moves they conduct however, every company is not created equal. A moving company that specializes in relocating businesses, like The Quality Group, knows how to handle business equipment. All your technical and specialty equipment can be managed with the resources commercial movers have that residential movers may not. Depending on your office, and how much equipment you have, hiring a dedicated commercial mover may be your safest option.

Having a basis on what your moving company can provide is the key to a successful relocation. At The Quality Group, we make every effort to accommodate our client’s needs so you can have a stress-free move. Contact your moving company today to find out whether they are a good fit for your business relocation.


 

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.

Benefits of a Local Moving Company

Finding a moving company that will get the job done correctly can take some serious legwork. You have a long list of movers to choose from when relocating your business and you’re looking for just one that will be right for the company.

At The Quality Group, we suggest you choose a local moving company for a seamless and stress-free relocation. You’ll receive some amazing benefits when you move with a local moving company that you may not find elsewhere.

The Benefits of Relocating with a Local Moving Company

Flexible

Local moving companies don’t have hundreds of clients they have to cater to on a daily basis. Due to this, they can be flexible with packing instructions, move times, and specialty equipment when moving your company. Whether you want to move on the weekend to avoid downtime or you want your printer packed a certain way to avoid damage, a local moving company can be flexible with their process in a way larger companies can’t.

Service

Have you ever compared your experience of a local grocery store to one of a corporation grocery store? Chances are in the local store the workers were friendly, helpful, and professional. Well, you can expect that to transfer to local movers as well. Local moving companies are personable, helpful, friendly, and professional because they are a small team that is dedicated to your moving experience.

Local moving companies are vetted by the community.Credible

When dealing with a local company, word about their services will spread. You probably know someone who has done business with the local moving company you are considering who can tell you all about their moving experience. If your friend vouches for a moving company, the moving company is probably pretty good. A local moving company will also give extra effort to make sure you are satisfied because your word matters within the community.

Competitive Pricing

With a local company, you don’t have to worry about paying extra. When you sign a contract with a local company like the Quality Group, all costs are given to you at the start and there are no hidden fees. Local companies like to be upfront about costs so you aren’t surprised and upset at the end of your move. They also have lower operating costs because they don’t have to travel as far to reach you.

Considering and choosing a local moving company like The Quality Group can be the difference between a long, tedious move and a seamless, stress-free one. With a local moving company, you can experience all the benefits of working with people within your community including flexibility, superior customer service, reliable experiences, and competitive pricing.


 

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.