Support Your Employees During a Move
Relocating your company to a new location involves meticulous planning and significant preparation. An office move involves many different details. 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 News
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.
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.