A commercial move can be daunting under the best of circumstances. We share our top tips and considerations to be aware of when planning your office relocation.
Relocating your business is an investment
Did you know that relocating your business can often require an investment of up to three times the salary of the person being moved? Depending on the move type, the number of employees being moved, as well as how often moves happen, having a clear strategy is vital to success.
Communicate your office move with employees
Enlisting the help and advocacy of employees in the early stages of a move can make the difference between success and failure. Setting expectations early will help enable a smooth transition between locations and keep everyone on the same page.
Flexible working solutions
The changing nature of business means remote working is one of the biggest trends to hit the business world. Working remotely no longer poses the issues to productivity it once did as connectivity is now widely available as well as video conferencing solutions. Therefore, enabling a workforce to work remotely during a transition can help maintain productivity and showcase trust between an employer and employee.
Know before you go and plan ahead
A commercial move involves a number of moving parts including logistical pain points as well as unforeseen issues. If the digital age has taught us anything it’s that the internet has opened the door for new ways of working remotely. Being without connectivity, therefore, can result in devastating consequences.
Connectivity and IT challenges
One of the biggest factors to consider when planning a move is connectivity to key resources, an example of this would be network access. From disabling the old network to testing and installing the new network, the workload for an IT team is highly taxing during a move. Adequate time and planning for such a transition can set IT professionals up for success and enable a workforce in maintaining productivity without skipping a beat.
Space planning and design not only impacts employee collaboration, efficiency and productivity but it also provides for future growth. With a new space comes new needs, those needs are often filled by new equipment and office furniture. Therefore, adequate planning around reusing, moving, or reselling the old equipment and furniture is necessary.
Post move strategy
So often the planning stage of a commercial move holds the attention of administrators and vendors, but what about the post-move strategy? Effective project management is key in knowing how unpacking will occur, in what order, and augmented by what new equipment and furniture. A strategy around cleaning the new workspace is also highly impactful as this can potentially lead to productivity issues. As employees take it upon themselves to tidy their workspace, often their workload can be forgotten leading to client dissatisfaction.
Choosing the right vendor
Moving is all about logistics and often can also include multiple vendors. Management of said group of vendors is an additional job on top of everything else required by a commercial transition. With all the ins and outs of a business move, partnering with the right vendor can make all the difference. While different vendors are often sought to collaborate on different aspects of a commercial move, consider an all-in-one solution. Consider Allied Pickfords.
Allied Pickfords works alongside businesses of all shapes and sizes to make these kinds of moves seamless and easy. We offer solutions for every kind of move and do so with convenient online and mobile platforms. Learn more about what Allied Pickfords can do for your commercial move today. Give us a call on 13 25 54 to organise a free quote.