Smooth Moves: Managing Office Relocations
To some employees moving into a new office can be almost as stressful as moving into a new home. Change will always be easier for some than for others, but there are things you can do to help mitigate stress and turn it into a positive experience.
Point out the benefits
The company’s culture and brand often play a key role in being able to attract the right audience and the right talent. Aesthetics are a huge part of how employees, customers and the public perceive the business. Relocating provides a rare opportunity to make substantial improvements to their employees’ day-to-day work environment, including innovative approaches to working and collaborating. By communicating the vision for the new spaces to come, you can get employees excited about the relocation.
Ask for suggestions
Don’t lose sight of the importance of making employees feel included. Surveys are a great tool to create employee engagement during the planning process. Some other suggestions are giving employees a voice in picking conference room names, choosing beverages/snacks for the kitchen, etc. Employee involvement can also be a big help with boosting company morale in general. That’s never a bad thing.
Regardless of the size of your company, an office relocation entails a lot of planning and a great deal of work. It is important to acknowledge achievements together. Celebrate milestones, host a welcome party, provide welcome packets pointing out new building amenities, provide new company swag to show off the new look. Making sure that employees feel appreciated can motive and encourage performance.
There are plenty of benefits to moving to a new space. And if the move is managed properly, you can help your employees not only accept the change but welcome it.