Six Approaches to Keep the Team Going During Your Office Move to Dallas
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Be as truthful and transparent as you possibly can with your employees. Make them aware of the causes for the move--expansion, less expensive office space, or perhaps the need to be nearer to infrastructure like railways or airports--and more importantly, make the move public as soon as possible. When your move is caused by downsizing, assure your remaining staff that the move is component to a favorable reorientating. Prepare a pre-move work schedule that includes important dates--any project deadlines, the days you'll be moving, the times that you will be packing and loading. The more specifics you supply, the better your staff will be able to coordinate their responsibilities through to the move date. In the event that something changes in your agenda, get the word out.
Call for Feedback
When you have chosen to make a move, accumulate input from your team--a wish list, if you will--about the location and the style of office space they might like. If you can, include the workers in the decision making--these are the folks who got you where you are, hence their feedback and tips ought to matter.
Address Commute Times, Transportation, and Parking
Every business is diverse, but there are some constants across the board for example--everybody needs to commute to the office. In case you are in a small city, a move isn't such a big problem relating to things like parking garages, public transportation, as well as traffic patterns because they usually will not be an issue. If those are factors to your employees, you will need to consider how they impact their potential to get to and from the new location in a decent time, and how and where they park if you're in an urban area where parking is limited. Map out everyone's new commute and time, and if you can, offer to assist with transit cost or parking fees. Be receptive to adjustable hours or work-from-home days for your employees that have to deal with prolonged commute times.
Offer Information on Child Care in Dallas
Investigate child care and after school care close to the new office and offer to help cover any application charges for team members who need to make a change in child care.
Determine Expectations, But Have Fun
It is easy to get stuck in the stress and adrenaline rush--to the point that not much work is completed in the run-up to the office move to Dallas. Particularly when your move is long-distance, it's simple to overlook the tasks at hand if you are house-hunting and marketing your old home and checking out school choices and uprooting families. There'll be confusion and chaos, so give your staff some flexibility--but be ready to gently guide any strays back on track in case they begin to slip.
Human nature being what it is, there'll be a tad of low morale and nervousness in the weeks approaching the move. Again, if the move is long distance this is likely to be more apparent, so offer prizes for remaining focused and productive. Schedule packing events or get-togethers for families on the weekends.
Provide an Information Packet on Dallas
Even in this online time, an information packet is a marvellous item to get. The particulars of the packet depends on the type of the move--if it's a fairly short distance then chances are you will not need to research school districts and local communities. For a move that involves moving residences in addition to the business, there will be the items you will have to manage, such as: local communities, school choices, daycare, churches, hospitals/health care, nearby retailers (grocery, local pharmacy, shopping), restaurants, veterinarians, fitness centers and after school programs.
Similar to any move, a commercial relocation to Dallas will likely be hectic. By following these basic ideas, you can easily ease a bit of that stress and ensure it is a positive experience leading to increased personnel retention, so that you can hit the ground running your first working day in the new office.
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