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How To Make Office Relocation A Morale-Boosting Success

Contributed by James Harrison

An office relocation is a golden opportunity to refresh your staff, upping their productivity and helping them feel engaged. Yes, business relocation can be stressful but, done right, it doesn’t have to mean a chaotic loss of funds and output; it can mean a renewed, revived and determined group of employees, all eager to give of themselves and improve the business.

When you announce to your team that you are all moving into a new office, their eyes might glaze over or look bright and involved. This gives an indication of their level of boredom and motivation and how much work it might take to revive their interest in their work. Bored, unmotivated personnel are not good for a business. They can drag it down with absenteeism and lack of productivity. Office removals can be just the boost they need to feel re-engaged and come back to life. You can have the best moving checklist in the world, but none of that matters if you have a thoroughly turned-off team.

Let the Relocation Excite the Team With Refreshments, Activities, and Involvement

First, involve your employees. Don’t make the office move a simple a set of instructions. Have an early meeting, well in advance of the moving date, and ask them what they think. How do they envisage their ideal working space? What don’t they like about the current set-up? Allow them to be frank and detailed and let them know that their input can help shape the new space, that their desires will be taken into account, except where impossible.

Next, make sure your employees have room and facilities for play in their new environment. From now on, vow that you won’t have them hunched over hot, airless computer terminals all day. Opportunities for play can include table tennis, video games, a rock-climbing wall, board games. Let them build friendships with one another during dedicated break periods. In addition to breaks, in their new environment encourage them to spend five minutes away from their computers every 45 minutes. Those five minutes can still be spent in work-related activity. They can stretch as they pick up some documents they need to take to the scanner, for example.

Business relocation is a chance to create a really good kitchen with a decent coffee machine (no instant) and well-stocked cupboards. Many companies have made the mistake of cutting back here during lean times. It’s not a good move. When hard-working employees can’t enjoy themselves briefly at a decent snack station with a water-cooler and more, their morale starts to spiral downwards. Go one step further, and provide some good-quality foods for them, and you’ll be rewarded with an upward turn in output and morale. During crunch-times, employees will no longer be resentful about working through lunch and into the evening.

Curb the Temptation to Overwork Your Employees

Once your office relocation is underway, it’s a chance to gauge whether any of your team is being overworked. That has to stop. A good work-life balance is important for everyone. Employees should not have to pretend to work as the office stays late, waiting for someone else to leave first. From now on, unless there is a situation or a deadline, people should arrive and leave in accordance with their contracts. Think about the example you yourself set. Do you overlook important events like the kid’s soccer games while you stay late at the office? Or do you do what’s right and put family events first? Determine if there is anyone on your team who is burning the candle at both ends and help them. If one person is attempting to do more than their job requires, it could be time to take on another member. Moving office is the perfect time for boosting your team’s morale, so don’t miss out on it.

This article was contributed by James Harrison who works as a business relocation consultant.

9 Comments

  1. abdiel smith
    abdiel smith October 2, 2013

    Changing the location of the office can revive the enthusiasm of the employees it can boost up their moral.They end up being more dedicated towards the work.

    • Timesheets
      Timesheets October 3, 2013

      Addiel,

      Yes, improving work conditions by moving offices can definitely have a positive effect!

  2. Gerry Wilson
    Gerry Wilson July 14, 2016

    Relocating seems to be the most stressful job but if it is done with meticulous planning, it will be much easier and smooth. If you are planning for a home relocation in Auckland, its better to choose a reputed logistics service that can transport all your belongings safely. keep posting with us on Auckland Movers

  3. We have been looking to relocate our main office and I have been doing some research on office relocation services and the best approach. I came across this post and found it very helpful. thank you for sharing.

  4. Platinum Moves
    Platinum Moves July 22, 2016

    Office relocation is never an easy or simple undertaking. I think this post was very helpful. Some people don’t like change and you should want to keep your employees happy during any transition phase.

  5. Brothers EZ Moving
    Brothers EZ Moving July 22, 2016

    If you are going to hire a company to help you move your office, it is very important to research that company before you hire them or put down a deposit. It can be a costly mistake.

  6. Donna Smith
    Donna Smith October 27, 2017

    If you are planning for office relocation, then the relocation can be stressful, loss of funds and output. But in your blog you have clearly specified the real motive of office relocation and somehow it can increase the productivity of your business. To make your office relocation stress free, you can consult with any moving company. The office moving service providers in Porter Ranch provide corporate shifting facilities and take special care of your valuable office equipments. By undertaking the office shifting with their experienced professionals and experts you get least impacted.

  7. Callie Clifton
    Callie Clifton October 1, 2018

    In my opinion, it is best to use the team and assign tasks to each people. The more hands and brains working together, the faster the job can be done – most especially on decluttering and making sure all important files have been brought.

  8. Amber Slayton
    Amber Slayton February 6, 2019

    What are the business and technical requirements for moving 500 employees to another state? what will be the steps? and who will be affected.

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