Moving office? Don’t overlook the needs of your staff!
It is essential to take your staff into account when you’re relocating to avoid any negative knock-on effects. After all, your employees are your business’ most important asset.
In my research, I came across this fabulous free resource HelpMovingOffice.co.uk. It’s jam packed full of useful information to ensure that you feel prepared for your office move!
Their CEO, Jeremy Carr-Smith, highlights the importance of an office move:
Moving office is a big decision – and one that can have many benefits for your business. With the right planning, budgeting and management it will allow you to raise your corporate profile, grow your client base, improve your operational efficiency, retain and attract staff and give the right first impression to clients.
If you want to retain your current team and attract new talent, it makes sense to ensure that your employees feel part of the move, that they see the reasons behind it and that they hear regular updates.
They provide HR and businesses with 7 top tips for getting it right, which are summarised below:
- Planning & Preparation – remember that most people see an office move as stressful so plan,
- Change Management – change can feel upsetting for some people so take this into account,
- Communication – hearing frequent and open updates will help keep employees happy,
- Identify & Promote the Positives – pass on the benefits of your move,
- Involve your Staff – get the buy-in of your employees will smooth the process,
- Address Training Needs – will your employees need help with new equipment or systems?, and
- Ask for feedback after the office move – key to keeping morale up!
I’m now heading off to hear how the team are feeling after the move… though maybe I should wait just a few more days!
Do you have a top tip you could add to the list?
Have you experienced a particularly good or bad move that you’d be happy to share?
Today’s post is written by Katrina Collier of Winning Impression. As guest blogger she’ll post tips on social media, recruitment and job search which she has learned over her many years in the industry.