Six Ways 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 company you're going to move your office. A commercial relocation is often as hectic for you and also your workers as a household goods move, only much more for you since you are responsible for your team's well-being, also. Here are 6 ways to keep your staff focused and engaged during your office move to Houston.
 

Open Dialogue

Be as honest and clear as you possibly can with your personnel. Make sure they know the causes for the move--expansion, less expensive office space, or the need to be closer to infrastructure like rail terminals or airports--and furthermore, make the move public as soon as possible. When your move is caused by downsizing, reassure your remaining workers that the move is a natural 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 days that you'll be packing and loading. The more details you present, the better your crew can 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 location and the sort of office space they might want. As much as possible, involve the workers in the decision making--these are the folks who got you where you are, thus their feedback and suggestions should matter.

Address Commute Times, Transportation, and Parking

Every company is diverse, however there are a few constants overall such as--everybody needs to commute to the office. If you are 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 are not a concern. In the event that those are factors to your employees, you will need to contemplate how they impact 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 location where parking is at 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 extended commute times.

Supply Details on Child Care in Houston

Investigate day care and after school care around 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 easy to get ensnared in the stress and adrenaline rush--to the point that very little 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 work 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 chaos, hence give your staff some slack--but be prepared to delicately get any wanderers back on the right track in case they start to slip.

Human nature being what it is, you might have a bit of low spirits and anxiousness in the days approaching the move. Just as before, if the move is long distance this could be far more apparent, so provide prizes for keeping on target and positive. Organize packing gatherings or get-togethers for families on the weekends.

Provide an Information Folder on Houston

Even in this online era, an information packet is an excellent 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 research school districts and local neighborhoods. For a transfer which involves moving houses in addition to the business, there will be the items you'll 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.

Like any move, a commercial relocation to Houston is going to be stressful. Making use of these straightforward suggestions, you can alleviate a part of that tension and make sure it is a positive experience which leads to higher staff retention, so that you will hit the ground in good shape the initial working day at the new workspace.

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