Moving Your Business During Winter

Posted on December 6, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation

Moving in winter

Winter is usually a time for holiday parties, cold weather, and warm drinks. In the business world though, work carries on as usual and if a lease is up or expansion comes knocking you may have to relocate no matter the season. When moving during the winter you’ll need to consider a few more factors than if you were moving during a warmer month. For a seamless winter move keep the following factors in mind.

When Moving During the Winter You’ll Need to Consider Safety and Comfort.

 

Office Building TemperaturesKeep the heat on when moving during the winter

Both the office building you are leaving and the one you are relocating to will be prone to chilly temperatures during winter as movers come in and out of the buildings. While you may want to save on the electric bill, you should consider keeping the heat on in both places during moving day. Not only will the movers and your employees appreciate moving furniture, equipment, and personal desk items into a warm environment, but cold sensitive electronics will be better off as well. Turning the heat on even slightly will be beneficial to your office on moving day.

 

The Weather and Office Equipment

Winter brings unique challenges in the form of unpredictable weather. It could rain, snow, sleet, or hail at any time and unfortunately, your office equipment still needs to go from point A to point B. Plan to cover all walkways movers will need to use to prevent your items from getting damaged. Shovel and salt all pathways to prevent slipping, and ensure your movers wrap all furniture in plastic and utilize plastic tubs instead of cardboard boxes. These precautions will protect your office equipment.

 

Employee Conditions

Employees will want to bring their own personal desk items to their new offices either on moving day or on the day following. It is important for your employees to know the hazards of moving during winter and what they can do to protect themselves. Advise them to layer up when bringing their items so they can move freely but also stay warm. Have warm drinks available for your employees during the move and have the office setup to provide extra comfort.

 

Office Supply PrioritiesIcy walk ways can be a hazard when moving your business in winter

While your staff may want to organize the closet with the brochures and business cards you have saved up, you should make sure they prioritize supplies that are needed for everyday operations. Set up coffee machines, computers, and phone lines before organizing materials that employees use sparingly. This will ensure your business continues to run smoothly during the winter move and employees have everything they need to work.

 

Plans and their Execution

Moving during the winter can be problematic due to unforeseen complications. Talk to your landlord or new property owner ahead of time and ask for leeway on move-out and move-in days in case of severe weather. Be sure to listen to your moving company’s advice during travel as they have experience in moving large equipment, furniture, and electronics during the winter months. Also, create a plan B for the company and employees for unforeseen complications so your business is not taken off guard during the move.

 

Moving your business in the winter can have its own benefits such as choice moving day selections, but it brings complications as well. If you are moving your business to a new location during the winter season, have a plan in mind and entrust your relocation to your trained and experienced moving company. Your new office will be up and running in no time with a moving company dedicated to providing a speedy and safe relocation. Talk to the Quality Group today for a consultation on moving your business during the winter.


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 Hiring a Commercial Real Estate Agent

Posted on November 15, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation

Benefits of hiring a commercial real estate agent

Deciding to buy or rent a piece of commercial property is a big step for your company’s future. You’ll need to make sure you choose the right property for your business and that you’re getting the best deal when it comes to pricing. Having a professional commercial real estate agent can help you navigate through buying or renting property for your business. There are several positive benefits in hiring a commercial real estate agent when making this important company decision.

Hiring a Commercial Real Estate Agent is Beneficial for a Move

Time Dedication

As a business owner, you have limited time to spend on matters outside of business operations. Having to spend your free time sifting through listings of potential company buildings is probably not the best use of your limited time. Instead, a commercial real estate agent can provide this service for you and show you only the best options for your company’s needs. This will save you time by allowing someone who specializes in finding exactly what you need to do so on a daily basis until the need is met.

Commercial real estate agents take approved classes by the Louisiana Real Estate CommisionIndustry Knowledge

Real estate agents know their industry inside and out. Not only do they take classes approved by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission, but are also licensed and affiliated with a real estate broker. On top of that, they keep up with the current market and news of the area. That means they’ll know the area where you’ll be looking, the prices of the properties selling in that area or comparable building prices, and what is available on the market. Real estate agents also know many industry-specific resources to check when looking for property for a client.

City Zoning Familiarity 

Your business is unique but unfortunately, the city confines your business into one of several coding zones when you are dealing with property. Your real estate agent will know each property’s zone and about the paperwork that comes with the building zone. You won’t end up with a piece of property you can’t use for your business when you hire a commercial real estate agent who makes a point of knowing city zoning codes.

Negotiation ExpertiseCommercial real estate agents can negotiate property prices

Commercial real estate agents are professionals who know the workings of negotiations when dealing with property. They know the hidden clauses and can sift through the entire document, which can be several stacks of paper tall. Agents can also fight for your case in negotiations, pointing out problems that need to be addressed or that aren’t in your favor. Your agent can negotiate for you in a professional manner that will give you full advantage of the situation.

Professionals Suggestions

Commercial real estate agents can also suggest other professionals you’ll need for the process of buying property. Due to commercial property not having the same consumer protection laws as residential property, having suggestions for people who can help you will be useful. Your real estate agent can save you some potential problems and money by providing suggestions for other professionals that will help provide due diligence on the property. Proposals will be made for those who can perform title checks, environmental hazards investigations, property line identification, and more.

Hiring a commercial real estate agent when you are searching for business property can help your moving experience go smoothly. With the knowledge they possess, the time they can dedicate, and the familiarity they have with the city and other professionals, they will steer you in the right direction and help you find the perfect property for your company.


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.

Post-Move Checklist for Your Company

Posted on November 1, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation

Post-Move Checklist

Moving to a new office can be a positive sign that your business is growing. All the time spent planning and preparing for the move can be overwhelming but moving to a new location where your company can continue to grow and thrive makes it all worth it in the end. Even after the move is complete, there are still many things to do, especially the couple days directly following the relocation. Make sure you have everything covered for your business with this moving checklist so everything runs smoothly after the move.

Follow this Post-Move Checklist to Avoid Future Problems with Clients and Associates

Distribute Employee Packets

Making sure your employees can access the new office should be at the top of your moving list. Distribute the moving packets to your employees the day of the move with their new passcodes, keycards, desk locations, and parking spots so they have easy access on the first day.

Check Equipment

Directly following a move, assign the task of checking all equipment to your IT department. Include all electronics in the check such as computers, printers, phones, projectors, and any other specialty equipment to guarantee that it is working properly. You don’t want to have a client in your office a week after the move and have a technical malfunction occur in the middle of the meeting.

Remove Unnecessary Furniture and Equipment

After the office is arranged for optimal efficiency, you can arrange to have any excess furniture and equipment removed, including furniture from your previous office that doesn’t work with the new furniture. To avoid having any unneeded equipment, you can store, donate, sell, or throw away any excess. You’ll want to do this relatively soon after you move so the office is not crowded and uncomfortable.

Update MaterialsUpdate website information after your move

Double-checking all business materials with the company’s contact information is one of the most important assignments to perform after a move. Do not leave any platform untouched because you don’t want to confuse your clients or customers. Change the contact information on your website and social media accounts, print new brochures and fliers, and reorder all your business cards for consistency.

Know the Area

Mapping out the new area will be critical when making appointments with associates and clients. Knowing traffic conditions, back roads, and transit options will be the difference in being on time for a meeting and not. You can also get a list of appropriate business lunch locations and their busy hours for future reference.

Contact Associates and Clients

Send out a reminder to all your clients and associates about your new location within a few days of the company’s move to prevent future confusion. Contact your clients, the cleaning company, your delivery company, and the USPS to confirm they have your new address so meetings, services, and deliveries still happen and arrive on time.

File any Complaints

Once everything is unpacked and assessed you’ll need to file any complaints and insurance claims with the moving company if any equipment was damaged. If you notice something damaged, it is important to address it immediately to ensure accurate reports and claims.

Leave a Review

Leaving a review of the moving company can wait until a few days after the move but should be done before the week is out. This is another place you can express your concerns and questions with the service and even help others make a decision about the company if you had a good experience.

Post Move Checklist PDF Printout

After the move into the new office, you may be tempted to relax or get back to your normal routine as soon as possible. To avoid problems in the future however, you should keep everything in order, tell everyone associated with your company where you are, and update all materials. Run through this checklist after your relocation to ensure your business runs smoothly going forward.


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.

 

Old Office Furniture: Sell, Donate, or Trash?

Posted on October 18, 2016 by - Office Furniture

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When the office is ready for new office furniture, you have to decide what to do with the office furniture you no longer want. It can be a tricky decision to decide whether selling, donating, or simply throwing it in the trash is your best option. Before the new items can be delivered though, you have to make a decision so you can arrange a pickup, coordinate a drop-off, or obtain some storage space to make room for the furniture. Whether you are moving and starting over with new furniture or simply upgrading the office, knowing the benefits and downsides of selling, donating, and throwing furniture away will help you make the best decision for your company.

Benefits and Downsides of Selling, Donating, and Throwing Away Old Office Furniture

Selling the Old Office FurnitureSelling old office furniture

Selling the old office furniture may be a great option for the company. You can make back some of the money you originally spent and put it toward the new office furniture. Getting back money previously spent however is the biggest benefit of selling your old office furniture.

You’ll have to consider the time and effort needed to sell your office furniture. If space, time, and effort are not something you can spare then selling might not be your best option. You’ll have to find someone to buy the furniture, store the furniture until the new owner can take it, and be available when the furniture is going to be picked up or delivered.

If the company needs the extra cash and can spare the space, time, and effort then selling may be your best option. If money is not a concern, you may consider donating or throwing it away to save you some extra effort.

Donating the Old Office FurnitureDonate old office furniture you no longer need

Donating office furniture offers its own benefits separate from selling and throwing it into the trash. Donating your old office furniture will help others who cannot afford to buy brand new furniture and support your business’ philanthropic efforts. Donating your office furniture is relatively easy as well, as most organizations would be willing to come pick up any donations at your convenience.

Donating your office furniture will also be tax deductible. Just ensure you ask the donation organization for the required information and papers so you have what you need to get the business tax deduction.

Before you donate any office furniture however, examine it with a scrutinizing eye. Assess whether or not the furniture is in decent condition. Would you utilize the furniture again? If the answer is no because of holes, stains, broken parts, or other wear and tear marks then donating might not be right for the used office furniture. Giving it to someone else to throw away is not helping or benefiting anyone. If the used office furniture is just not in your company’s taste anymore and it’s in good condition, donating it to an organization may be right for your company.

Disposing of Old Office Furniture

Disposing of the furniture in the trash is probably the easiest with a simple arrangement with a waste management company in your area. If you’re not worried about money or getting a tax deduction with your old office furniture then throwing it away may be a good option for your company.

In addition, if your office furniture is in poor condition, throwing it away will be your best option. This is usually a last resort due to the only benefit being convenience, but if selling or donating is not the right decision for you then disposing of the furniture will give you room for the new furniture just as well.

When making room for new office furniture, consider the benefits and downsides of selling, donating, and disposing of it before making a final decision. You may be able to make up some previously spent money or get a tax deduction while making room for the new office furniture. If all else fails or you need space immediately then disposing of the furniture can be your best option. Choose what works best for you and your company and get your office ready for a new look with new furniture.


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.

Designing an Office Space With Efficiency and the Future in Mind

Posted on October 4, 2016 by - Moving Preparation, Office Furniture

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You’re company is relocating, so why not take this opportunity to design your new office space with the future and efficiency in mind?

Capitalize on your business’ relocation and use it as a chance to design a new office space that focuses on workflow optimization, potential expansion, and employees’ overall work environment satisfaction.

Designing an office space does require careful planning to create a productive space but can be done by focusing on a few key points. Office spaces should be created with a focus on workflow optimization and spatial design. Also, all office spaces should promote a positive working environment, while keeping in mind the potential for company expansion.

A Company Relocation Provides Opportunity for Better Office Space Designs

Workflow Optimization

Workflow optimization is important if you want to reduce costs and provide better services for your clients. Designing your workspace with optimization in mind leads to increased performance and a positive environment.

While all areas of your office will benefit from workflow optimization, the positive effects will be most noticeable in delivery systems, back-office operations such as technical services, and material handling areas.

To create an office using workflow optimization, some easy tips can be used. Remember to construct wide isles so multiple people can pass comfortably. Create areas with easy access to technical equipment and electrical outlets. Position your mailroom near the delivery dock to make the exchange of mail and packages seamless.

When designing with workflow optimization in mind, the main focus should be on eliminating waste and improving the overall efficiency of your office.

Spatial DesignDesign your office space with group workplaces for collaborative projects.

Working hand in hand with workflow optimization is spatial design. In today’s work place, it is important to design spaces that enhance collaborative behavior and encourage innovative discussions.

A spatially designed office should support the free flow of ideas from people in the office. From open workspaces to dedicated meeting rooms, create spaces that your employees can use to share and workshop ideas. Make it easy to get from place to place and encourage teamwork with suitable group furniture, tools, and design.

Potential Expansion

When relocating, you should keep an open mind about potential future expansion. The last thing you’ll want is to have to redesign or move your office again due to an unexpected need for expansion. Not allowing space for expansion now will cost you both time and money later.

Having a multifunctional room in your office that can be used for meetings now and employee workspaces in the event of an expansion later can save you big in terms of time and money. If you know the business will expand in the future, purchase a building with extra land for future renovations.

Project for future business endeavors now to avoid being inefficient in the future.

Positive EnvironmentDesign your office space for efficiency and your employees' happiness.

Sometimes we tend to look past the fact that our immediate environment affects our emotions, mannerisms, and general wellbeing. When relocating, create an office space that promotes a positive environment. Include break rooms, open snack pantries, and creative meeting rooms to enhance your employees’ happiness.

Providing your employees with a creative and innovative work place leads to an overall positive environment, increasing productivity as well.

Relocating your business provides many opportunities for you to design an office space that supports innovation and high productivity. Focus on workflow optimization and spatial design to create a new space that promotes discussion and creativity. Remember to plan ahead for any potential expansion your business may go through. Above all, design a workspace your employees are proud of and comfortable in that results in a positive work environment for everyone.


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.

Communication is Key to a Successful Move

Posted on September 20, 2016 by - Moving Preparation

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Your employees play a big role in your office relocation so it’s important to have open communication during a move. The better communication you have with your employees, the more successful your move will be.

From communicating key messages to listening to your employees concerns, there are many opportunities to ensure clear communication and an efficient move.

Communication During a Move Sets Up Your Business for Success

Communicate Key Messages Communicate key messages during a move.

One of the most important messages you should communicate to your employees is the reason why you’re moving. It’s not just about telling the office that the move is going to happen, but reassuring them that it is the best thing for the business’ future. Communicate with your employees about how the move will grow the business, create a positive impression to clients, and generate a better working environment.

Early Announcement

It’s important to let your employees know about the office move as soon as possible. Employees need to know what to expect and have the chance to ask questions. If you delay the news about the move, you run the risk of negative rumors starting. This could, in-turn lead to your employees feeling that their jobs are threatened. It’s best to avoid the possibility of rumors from the beginning by announcing the move honestly as soon as possible. You’ll be able to address any questions and unknowns with true information so no employees are left thinking of the worst scenarios.

Talk About the FutureCommunicate during a move about future plans, address everyone.

Get your employees excited about the move by painting a clear picture of the business’ future. Communicate how this move will be beneficial to all employees. You can send out pictures of the plans or a link to the virtual tour of your new location. When employees are hyped up about the relocation they are much more likely to have a positive attitude during the moving process.

Listen to Staff

Your employees will have a lot of questions and concerns when it comes to the move. Be sure to take time to speak with all your employees and listen to their anxieties. Give them the chance to tell you what you can do to make this move stress-free for all employees.

Communicate Throughout the Relocation

Most importantly, you should continue communication about the move to your employees throughout the whole relocation process. Share updates about the new building or send out a countdown to the move day. You can also prepare an office-wide newsletter that includes tips on packing up an office, tips on moving a family, and general updates about the relocation.

Relocating your business is a stressful time for you as well as your employees, but with a few added communication efforts, it can go smoothly and can be a success.


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.

 

Why You Should Review Your Moving Company Online

Posted on September 6, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation

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Moving your company takes a lot of organization, logistics, and time. Having a professional moving company that can manage your move well is a huge help and relieves much of the pressure and stress from you and your employees. After a pleasant experience with an efficient moving company, you’ll be amazed at the lack of downtime and hiccups in your business processes. This amazement can sometimes be a fleeting thought before you’re ready to devote all of your attention once again on business operations, but there are several reasons to keep your eye on the moving company just a little longer. From expressing support or concerns to helping a local business, taking an extra five minutes to review your moving company online can make a world of difference to many people.

Reasons to Review Your Moving Company Online

Express Any Support or Concerns

Leaving an online review gives you the option to express any support or concern over the services you received and possibly even have them addressed. Moving companies, like all businesses, don’t want their clients to be unhappy. When companies discover that a client or customer had a poor experience, they are sure to do their best to correct the problem. Providing an online review gives the moving company an opportunity to apologize for any inconvenience that occurred to you or explain the reasoning behind their choices. This way the moving company will be able to see and make an effort to correct a problem for you and future clients.

If you really liked the way a moving company performed part of the service or handled a situation that arose, post a review about it online. The moving company will be grateful for your feedback because it will help them to continue providing excellent service. Running a business yourself, you are sure to know the happiness it brings to you and your employees when a customer is satisfied. Your moving company will be glad to see you’re happy with the services and be able to pass on the positivity.

Help Others Make Decisions

According to BrightLocal, 92 percent of people read online reviews and use them to help make decisions about whether or not they want to do business with a company. With that in mind, you can help other people looking for a good moving company make a decision about whether or not to use the one you used. Whether you had a good experience or a bad experience with your moving company, relaying it in an online review can help make or break someone else’s experience when moving. Your review can be the linchpin review that helps someone make a decision on a big choice.

Your\ can answer questions when you review your moving company online. Answer Questions

Reviewing your moving company online can help answer questions many others have about the moving process or that particular moving company. When you were in the process of picking a moving company yourself, you probably had your own questions and performed research to find the information you needed. You may have looked on their website, on Google, and even on their social media pages to find the information. Each platform undoubtedly had information from others about the moving company, their process, and the how they perform their services. You can be a part of providing information to others and help answer the less obvious questions that arise when a company wants to relocate.

Help Local Business

Due to many people making decisions about a company based on online reviews, reviewing your local moving company online can support the business and the local community. When you have a good experience with a local company and share it with others, you are allowing them to have a good experience while also supporting someone in your community and their business. Posting an online review about your moving company can go a long way in the local business world.

Reviewing your moving company online has many benefits to you, the movers, and others looking to relocate their business. It can help provide good business, stress-free moves, and healthy business relationships.


 

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.

How to Downsize Your Office Space

Posted on August 16, 2016 by - Moving Preparation, Office Furniture

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There are many benefits to downsizing your office space. It can be a money saver, a workforce enticer, and a business expansion enabler, but making it happen can be tricky without some careful planning. The point is not to move into a new office that will have you and your employees crammed and rubbing elbows with each other for an extended period of time. Instead, you want to find a smaller yet comfortable space that eliminates unused areas yet keeps functionality at its full potential. If you are downsizing your office, consider these tips:

To Downsize Your Office Space, Don’t Think Traditionally

Multi-Functional Rooms

Many companies have dedicated conference rooms, meeting rooms, and break rooms that people use on a regular, but isolated, basis. These rooms usually serve specific purposes and the rest of the time each sits empty and unused. Businesses can easily conserve space by finding an office that has a room that can be used for all of these purposes. A single room can be dedicated for those eating lunch for several hours in the day and then serve as a meeting room or conference room during other business hours. This will cover all your business needs while reducing the amount of office space required.

FurnitureDownsize your office space with multifunctional furniture.

Workspaces, tables, and chairs are all relatively easy to change when downsizing your office. Many furniture companies now have modular furniture options or furniture that can be converted and used in multiple ways. For example, a large table that can be broken down to several smaller ones or a desk that also acts as storage space can be extremely useful to the business trying to save space. Easily moved lightweight furniture and furniture on wheels can also make reconfiguring your office easy when the need arises.

Location

There are many alternatives to the traditional, stand-alone office building. If you are looking to downsize your daily needed square footage you may consider alternative workspaces. Pairing up with another business to share conference areas or break rooms can help decrease the square footage of your needed personal office space. You can also encourage your employees to work from different locations. Allowing your employees to work from home or another location, even on a rotating basis, can save your company loads of space.

Think Vertically or Digitally

When needing more storage space, many businesses tend to expand horizontally, adding in another desk or file cabinet. Horizontal expansion however is not always the best option. Businesses can use less square footage if storage is built vertically or digitally. Acquiring shelves to go on top of desks or to be secured on walls can mean less furniture spread throughout the office. Digital storage is also a great option to reduce the amount of furniture and thus space needed in an office. You can remove large amounts of paper and store it online or on hard drives and turn a whole file cabinet into a folder on a computer with digital storage.

Interior designersInterior designers can help you downsize your office space functionally.

Designing an office to be both functional and space efficient requires skill and knowledge about what products are out there and what designs are functional. Interior designers can design and organize an office for functionality and efficiency no matter the office size. Choose interior designers that partner with a relocation company for a smooth transition through space design, furniture selection, and furniture installation. If your goal is to have a small yet functional office, hiring a moving company that is paired with interior designers can help your business achieve your ideal balance of office size, storage area, and workspace room.

Downsizing to a smaller office can be a beneficial decision for your company. With some careful planning you can obtain increased efficiency in a smaller space and save money all at the same time. Think outside the standard office space to downsize effectively and remember these practical tips for a smooth transition


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.

Business Evaluation Opportunities During a Move

Posted on August 2, 2016 by - Commercial Relocation

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Moving your company to a new location opens your business to many opportunities. Starting your business anew in a different location allows you to take a step back and evaluate your business. You can check to see if your equipment, furniture, and technology are up to par with the new location and mindset you have. Perhaps you even want to evaluate the processes of your business and determine whether there is a better way to go about completing tasks. A company’s relocation time is the perfect time to challenge the routine it has fallen into and bring it up to date with the rest of the world. You have the reason and the mindset to take on innovative items and ideas that will give your company new life.

Opportunities During a Move for Your Business

Design your office to capitilize on a opportunity during a move.  Furniture

The desks, computer chairs, and guest chairs may be a perfect fit for your current office, but have you considered how they will fit in the new place? The design of your new office may not suit the same design as your previous office. The new work environment may lend itself to a modern or industrial style rather than a contemporary style. Having a well-designed office will make an impression on clients and relay to them a new level of professionalism. Aside from aesthetics, your current furniture may literally not be the best fit for your new office. Spatial and functional office layouts make a huge difference in workflow. If employees have large desks and they will be moving into a narrower working environment, it may be best to order desks that will be more suited to the smaller space. Seizing the opportunity to better your work atmosphere and functionality during a move will save you and your employees many headaches in the future.

Equipment

The technological equipment you have in your office plays an important role in the management of the business. You may not even notice how much you rely upon it however, maintaining functional office equipment is a must. Do your employees constantly have to fix the printer, shredder, or coffee machine? It may seem like a minor inconvenience but that time spent fixing problematic machines adds up and frustrates your workforce. An office move is a great time to pitch out the old machines that are hindering you and your employees and acquire new equipment that will support the work you all do.

Seize the opportunity during a move to update technology. Technology

Not many businesses think about the back-end technology that safeguards the entire company. It’s understandable because it’s not a tangible item that you interact with daily but it is still important for the company to maintain. Computers, off-site servers, digital security programs, and digital system backups are all requirements for a company. Computers that are not updated can be a risk to company confidentiality, and systems that are not backed-up and stored elsewhere can mean complete shutdown for the company. A move is the perfect time to make sure all are up-to-date and secured safely in case the unexpected happens.

Processes

When one change happens another is bound to follow. You are already in the mindset to accept change with the move so it may be time to take a huge step back and evaluate how things are running in the business. With a new office, you have the opportunity to implement new processes that increases efficiency, balance workload, or just makes more sense. A new place with a new way to accomplish work can give new life to your business.

A business’ relocation can be exactly what the business needs for continued progress. While business owners tend to set these factors aside because there are more pressing matters, the fact remains they are important and an integral part of the functioning of a company. During your move, evaluate your business and find aspects of the company that can be improved and seize the opportunity.


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.

Supporting Employees During an Office Move

Posted on July 26, 2016 by - Moving Preparation

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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.