Six Methods to Keep the Crew Going For Your Office Move to Houston

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Office MovingSooner or later in the life cycle of your business you're going to move your office. A commercial relocation is often as hectic for you and also your personnel as a household goods move, only more so for you since you're responsible for your team's well-being, also. Here are 6 strategies to keep your staff focused and involved during your office move to Houston.
 

Open Dialogue

Be as truthful and clear as you can with your staff members. Make sure they know the causes for the move--expansion, more affordable office space, or even the need to be closer to infrastructure such as rail terminals or airports--and furthermore, make the move public as soon as possible. When your move is caused by downsizing, reassure your remaining employees that the move is part of a favorable reorientating. Send out a pre-move work schedule that includes important dates--any project due dates, the times you'll be moving, the periods that you'll be packing and loading. The more information you present, the better your team will be able to coordinate their responsibilities through to the move time. If something varies in your schedule, get the word out.

Ask for Feedback

When you have opted to make a move, obtain suggestions from your team--a wish list, if you will--about the place and the sort of office space they might enjoy. As much as possible, involve the workers in the decision making--these are the folks who got you where you are, thus their views and suggestions should matter.

Address Commute Times, Transportation, and Parking

Every business is different, however there are a few constants across the board such as--everybody needs to commute to the office. If you're in a small city, a move isn't such a big problem relating to stuff like parking garages, public transit, as well as traffic patterns as they usually aren't a concern. In the event that those are factors to your employees, you will need to contemplate how they effect their ability to get to and from the new location in a decent time, and how and where they park should you be in an urban area where parking reaches limited. Plan everyone's new travel and time, and if you can, offer to assist with bus or subway cost or parking costs. Be receptive to adjustable hours or work-from-home days for any workers that face prolonged commute times.

Provide Details on Child Care in Houston

Research day care and after school care in the new location and offer to help cover the application costs for associates who will need to make a change in day care.

Establish Objectives, But Have Some Fun

It's not hard to get ensnared in the stress and adrenaline rush--to the point that not much work gets completed in the days before the office move to Houston. Especially if your move is cross country, it's easy to overlook the jobs at hand if you are searching for a new house and marketing your old home and investigating school choices and uprooting families. There'll be turmoil and anxiety, so give your staff some slack--but be prepared to delicately guide any wanderers back on the right track in case they start to slip.

Human nature being what it is, you might have some low spirits and anxiousness in the days getting close to the move. Just as before, if the move is cross country this will be much more apparent, so offer prizes for keeping on target and positive. Organize packing gatherings or get-togethers for families on the weekends.

Supply an Information Folder on Houston

Even in this online age, an information packet is a marvellous thing to get. The depth of the package is determined by the scale of the move--if it is local then you wouldn't have to investigate school districts and local neighborhoods. For a transfer which involves moving homes in addition to the business, there will be the items you will need to address, including: subdivisions, schools, child care, places of worship, hospitals/health care, neighborhood retailers (grocery store, pharmacy, shopping), eateries, vets, gyms and after school programs.

As with any move, a commercial relocation to Houston will probably be hectic. Making use of these simple tips, it is possible to relieve a part of that worry and make sure it is a positive encounter which leads to higher employee retention, so that you hit the ground in good shape the initial working day at the new workspace.

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