Six Ways to Keep the Crew Going Throughout Your Office Move to El Paso

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Office MovingSomeday in the life cycle of your company you are likely to move your office. A commercial relocation is commonly as anxious for you and your workers as a household goods move, only more so for you since you're a major contributor to your team's well-being, as well. Below are six tips on how to keep your team motivated and involved during your office move to El Paso.

Open Communication

Be as honest and transparent as you possibly can with your personnel. Let them know the causes for the move--growth, less costly office space, or perhaps the need to be nearer to infrastructure including railways 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 part of a favorable reorientating. Send out a pre-move schedule that includes important dates--any task due dates, the times you're going to be moving, the times that you'll be packing and loading. The greater information you provide, the better your staff will be able to manage their tasks through to the move date. In case something varies in your schedule, get the word out.

Call for Feedback

Once you've decided to make a move, collect feedback from your team--a wish list, if you will--about the place and the sort of office they'd prefer. As much as possible, incorporate the workers in the decision making--these are the people who got you where you are, thus their views and ideas should matter.

Tackle Commute Times, Transportation, and Parking

Each organization is unique, but there are several constants in general such as--everybody needs to commute to work. If you are in a small town, a move isn't such a big problem relating to items like parking garages, public transportation, and traffic patterns since they usually will not be a difficulty. If those are aspects for your staff, you'll need to think about how they effect their ability to get to and from work in a practical time, and how and where they park should you be in an downtown area where parking reaches limited. Think about everybody's new travel and time, and if you are able to, offer to assist with transit fare or parking charges. Be receptive to flexible hours or work-from-home days for all staff who are up against lengthy commutes.

Offer Details on Day Care in El Paso

Research child care and after school care close to the new location and offer to help cover the application charges for associates who have to make a change in child care.

Identify Expectations, But Have Some Fun

It's easy to get caught up in the nervousness and adrenaline rush--to the point that almost no work is done in the days preceeding the office move to El Paso. Particularly when your move is interstate, it's easy to neglect the tasks at hand when you're looking for a new place to live and marketing your old house and checking out school districts and uprooting families. There could be frustration and anxiety, hence grant your crew some flexibility--but be prepared to delicately guide any wanderers back on the right track in case they begin to slip.

Human nature being what it is, you might have a bit of low spirits and anxiety within the days getting close to the move. Just as before, if the move is interstate this will be far more apparent, so provide incentives for staying focused and efficient. Plan packing events or get-togethers for families on the weekends.

Supply an Information Packet on El Paso

Even in this online age, an information packet is an excellent item to get. The depth of the package depends on the type of the move--if it's across town then chances are you will not need to research school districts and neighborhoods. For a transfer involving moving homes as well as the office, there are the items you'll need to cover, for instance: subdivisions, school choices, daycare, churches, hospitals/health care, neighborhood retailers (grocery, pharmacy, shopping), places to eat, vets, gyms and after school programs.

Like any move, a commercial relocation to El Paso will probably be nerve-racking. By using these simple tips, you can easily relieve a bit of that stress and make sure it is a favorable encounter that leads to increased employee retention, so that you will hit the ground running the initial day at the new office.

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