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- Do: Create a Move Checklist
- Don’t: Do Everything in One Month
- Do: Communicate With Your Employees
- Don’t: Expect Your Employees to Help
- Do: Hire or Assign a Project Manager
- Don’t: Keep Moving the Move-In Date
- Do: Map Out a Floor Plan
- Don’t: Throw Out Items After the Move
- Do: Review Before Moving
- Don’t: Take Your Stress Out on Others
Moving and stress go hand in hand, but it can be even more complicated when employers and employees can’t experience any downtime between moves. Other situations can further complicate the process, like disorganization and miscommunication between departments.
To avoid complications and ensure your office relocation goes smoothly, here are some crucial do’s and don’ts employers and HR should follow before, during, and after the move.
Do: Create a Move Checklist
Don’t just “follow your gut” regarding your office relocation strategy. Otherwise, you’ll miss a few key details that will cause you and your team to scramble at the last minute. Create an office move checklist that outlines every detail of your move, from start to finish.
Don’t: Do Everything in One Month
While it’s possible to complete your move in one month with a checklist, you’re going to stress out your workforce. Start planning six months before your big day by contacting moving companies, reviewing your lease, establishing your budget, and assigning a task crew.
Do: Communicate With Your Employees
Your employees need to know that their office is relocating elsewhere well in advance. Depending on where you’re moving, it may affect their commute or ability to clear out their desk. Plus, if everyone knows ahead of time, employers can quickly address work/storage issues.
Don’t: Expect Your Employees to Help
Many of your employees won’t have the time, patience, or physical strength to join in on the move. Besides moving their own personal equipment, there shouldn’t be an expectation that your employees should move business property. Hire a moving company for this job.
Do: Hire or Assign a Project Manager
Moving offices isn’t directly related to your office generating business, but it still requires a project manager. You need someone to transfer utilities, install the phones, pack the equipment, assign parking at the new office and ensure all employees are ready for the move.
Don’t: Keep Moving the Move-In Date
Only tell your employees, project manager, and other vendors (moving company or utility provider) you’re moving until you’ve finalized the date. It’s okay to make mistakes, but if you’re constantly moving the date, your team will have a hard time getting on board with the move.
Do: Map Out a Floor Plan
Your new office will either be bigger or smaller than your current one. Regardless, it’s unlikely your new office will look the same as your old one. Create a floor plan to know where all your furniture will go. A floor plan will help your movers and employees settle in more quickly.
Don’t: Throw Out Items After the Move
A new office gives you the opportunity to update your technology or furniture. If you plan to do this, consider ordering new equipment that’ll arrive at the new office. Throw out the equipment you’ve already replaced on move-in day, as most moving companies can trash items for you.
Do: Review Before Moving
Take note of anything that doesn’t look right and clean your new and old space while they’re empty. Ensure you’ve done everything on your checklist and review your budget. One week before the move, everything should be accounted for, and moving supplies should be compiled.
Don’t: Take Your Stress Out on Others
No matter how prepared you are for the move, everyone will be going through a bit of stress. It’s important to keep morale by being helpful and supportive during the process. Once everyone is settled into the new office, throw a party and congratulate everyone for their hard work.
If your employees are moving overseas, try to empathize with their situation. They’re likely leaving their family and friends. It’s never a bad idea to set international employees up with a buddy, whether it’s a co-worker or another relocated American, that they can interact with.