Six Approaches to Keep the Staff Going For Your Office Move to Dallas

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Office MovingSooner or later in the life cycle of your business you are likely to move your office. A commercial relocation is commonly as anxious for you and your employees as a household goods move, only more so for you since you are responsible for your team's well-being, also. Below are 6 tips on how to keep your crew commited and engaged during your office move to Dallas.

Open Dialogue

Be as straightforward and clear as you can with your workers. Let them know the reasons for the move--growth, more affordable office space, or perhaps the need to be nearer to infrastructure including rail terminals or airports--and more importantly, make the move public as soon as possible. If your move is a result of downsizing, reassure your remaining employees that the move is a natural part of a constructive restructuring. Send out a pre-move calendar with crucial dates--any assignment deadlines, the periods you're going to be moving, the times that you are packing and loading. The more specifics you provide, the better your crew can coordinate their responsibilities through to the move time. In case something fluctuates in your agenda, get the word out.

Call for Input

Once you've decided to make a move, accumulate suggestions from your team--a wish list, if you will--about the place and the type of office they would enjoy. If you can, include the workers in the decision making--these are the folks who got you where you are, thus their opinions and tips should matter.

Deal with Drive Times, Transportation, and Parking

Each business is unique, but there are a few constants across the board such as--everyone must commute to work. In case you are in a small city, a move will not be such a big deal relating to things like parking garages, public transit, and traffic patterns since they usually aren't a challenge. If those are issues to your employees, you'll need to think about how they effect their ability to get to and from the office in a reasonable time, and how and where they park if you're in an urban area where parking is at a premium. Map out everyone's new commute and time, and if you can, offer to help with bus or subway fare or parking fees. Be receptive to adjustable hours or work-from-home days for any workers who are up against extended commute times.

Offer Details on Day Care in Dallas

Investigate day care and after school care close to the new location and offer to help pay any application costs for team members who will need to make a change in child care.

Determine Objectives, Yet Have Some Fun

It's not hard to get stuck in the nervousness and adrenaline rush--to the point that very little work gets done in the days preceeding the office move to Dallas. Particularly when your move is interstate, it's easy to overlook the work at hand if you find yourself looking for a new place to live and marketing your old residence and investigating school districts and uprooting families. There will be frustration and uncertainty, so give your team some leeway--but be prepared to delicately get any wanderers back on course if they begin to slip.

Human nature being what it is, there will be a tad of low spirits and stress in the days approaching the move. Again, if the move is cross country this could be much more pronounced, so present prizes for remaining focused and efficient. Organize packing parties or get-togethers for families on the weekends.

Put Together an Information Packet on Dallas

Even in this electronic era, an information packet is a wonderful thing to have. The particulars of this package is dependent upon the type of the move--if it is local then you probably wouldn't have to research school districts and local neighborhoods. For a move involving moving homes not to mention the business, there are certainly the points you will need to attend to, including: neighborhoods, school districts, daycare, places of worship, hospitals/health care, neighborhood retail stores (grocery store, local pharmacy, shopping), dining establishments, vets, health clubs and after school programs.

Similar to any move, a commercial relocation to Dallas is going to be stressful. By following these straightforward tips, it is possible to ease a part of that stress and make sure it is a positive adventure that leads to higher staff retention, so that you hit the ground in good shape the initial day in the new workplace.

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