By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
At some point in the life cycle of your company you're going to move your office. A commercial relocation
is frequently as hectic for you and your staff as a household goods move, only a lot more for you since you are responsible for your team's well-being, as well. Here are 6 strategies to keep your crew commited and engaged throughout your office move to Tulsa
Be as honest and clear as possible with your staff. Make sure they know the causes for the move--enlargement, more affordable office space, or the need to be nearer to infrastructure including rail terminals or airports--and more importantly, make the move public as early as possible. When your move is a result of downsizing, assure your remaining personnel that the move is part of a favorable reorientating. Prepare a pre-move calendar that includes essential dates--any assignment due dates, the days you will be moving, the times that you are packing and loading. The more details you provide, the better your team will be able to coordinate their tasks through to the move time. If something fluctuates in your timetable, get the word out.
Call for Suggestions
Once you've chosen to make a move, collect suggestions from your team--a wish list, if you will--about the area and the kind of work place they might like. As much as possible, incorporate the workers in the decision making--these are the individuals who got you where you are, therefore their ideas and suggestions should matter.
Tackle Drive Times, Transportation, and Parking
Each business is diverse, but there are several constants in general for example--everyone must commute to work. If you are in a small city, a move will not be such a big problem relating to things like parking garages, public transportation, and traffic patterns since they typically are not a concern. If those are aspects to your workers, you should think about how they impact their capability to get to and from the office in a decent time, and how and where they park if you are in an urban area where parking reaches limited. Plan everybody's new travel and time, and if you are able to, offer to help with bus or subway cost or parking costs. Be open to adjustable hours or work-from-home days for all staff that face prolonged commute times.
Offer Details on Child Care in Tulsa
Investigate day care and after school care close to the new location and offer to help pay any application costs for associates who will need to make a change in day care.
Determine Expectations, Yet Have Fun
It is easy to get ensnared in the nervousness and adrenaline rush--to the point which not much work gets carried out in the days preceeding the office move to Tulsa. Especially if your move is interstate, it's easy to overlook the jobs at hand when you are house-hunting and marketing your old home and checking out school districts and uprooting families. There will be turmoil and uncertainty, that being said grant your crew some leeway--but be ready to gently guide any strays back on track should they begin to slip.
Human nature being what it is, there will be a bit of low spirits and anxiousness in the weeks approaching the move. Once more, if the move is interstate this is likely to be much more noticeable, so provide incentives for staying on target and productive. Arrange packing gatherings or get-togethers for families on the weekends.
Put Together an Information Folder on Tulsa
Even in this electronic age, an information packet is a fantastic item to have. The detail of the folder is determined by the size of the move--if it's across town then you will not need to investigate school choices and local neighborhoods. For a transfer involving moving houses as well as the office, there are certainly the items you will have to manage, including: local communities, schools, daycare, churches, hospitals/health care, neighborhood retailers (grocery store, local pharmacy, shopping), restaurants, veterinarians, health clubs and after school programs.
Similar to any move, a commercial relocation to Tulsa is going to be nerve-racking. Making use of these basic suggestions, you can relieve a bit of that stress and ensure it's a favorable experience which leads to higher personnel retention, so that you will hit the ground running your first day at the new workspace.
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