If your business is getting itself ready to hop, skip and jump to shiny new premises, then there’s probably a greater number of people to think about than when you move house. Whether you’re a small business or medium-sized, you’ll have a team of individuals whose lives are going to be as affected by the change as yours is. It always works better if, instead of letting them be dragged along passively with you, you involve them in the move, take their voices into account and let them feel part of the process. If there aren’t obvious ways of achieving this occurring to you immediately, then here are some of our ideas for pulling it off. After all, it’s almost certainly going to be a smoother transition with everyone on the same page.
- Get them engaged from the start. Having your team members invested from the get-go can only be a good idea. Tell them as soon as you know it’s definite and keep them apprised of the details and plans. They’ll be able to help and plan accordingly, arranging their schedules in sympathy with the move.
- Solicit their ideas. Moving office is the perfect opportunity for making improvements, both in physical terms regarding the office layout and structure and also in organisational ways. Ask your staff what they like and don’t like; they’ll feel enthused and you’ll get interesting feedback which may lead to real improvements being implemented.
- Assign moving tasks. Involve your team by giving them different roles as the move approaches. You’ll know where their strengths lie and you’ll be able to play to them. There are jobs like overseeing IT relocation, telephony, internal structure, recycling and more, all of which need a smart and go-ahead type to look after them.
- Send updates. Whenever there’s a change or a day that’s pivotal to the move, send out circular emails letting everyone know. The different stages of a move can be confusing, so having everyone know what’s going on will keep wires from becoming crossed.
- Be supportive. Both during and after the move, invite your staff to share their feelings about the process with you, letting them know that support is available to see them through any teething problems at the new location.