Is Your Business Planning a Move? How to Prepare and Help Your Employees Through It
[This article was written by Lizzie Weakley.]
Not every manager is naturally an expert in professional moving. A move that should take only two days to complete can take several weeks. Your employees might not be prepared for this task physically or emotionally. Here is how you should help your staff through it.
First, teach your employees about the importance of charity. You most likely want to get rid of old, outdated office equipment, and due to years of depreciation, you won’t be able to sell it for a good price. In that case, make donations to charities that will take your unwanted furniture, appliances and office equipment. Your business may receive discounts or tax incentives through these donations.
Hire a Corporate Mover
A corporate move is a laborious effort that can easily go wrong, even if you hire a team of employees to help. Your workers are not professional movers, so they cannot guarantee that they will do a good job. This project could take days or weeks to complete. Reduce the stress by hiring corporate movers who are experienced in relocating offices like yours.
Hire a Full-Service Mover
Packing must be done properly to avoid damaging office supplies and furniture. Your employees can use their common sense to pack the items themselves, but know that everyone has a different method of packing, and not every method is effective. Some people are reckless by nature or work too quickly, so they may cause accidental damage to your belongings. To avoid any problems, hire a full-service moving company that specializes in packing anything from very heavy machinery to delicate, fragile glass or porcelain.
You can choose a full-service mover or require your employees to do the packing themselves. In either case, pack as efficiently and minimally as possible. The fewer boxes you have, the easier the move becomes due to reduced energy and effort. In addition, label the boxes correctly. To save time, use a label maker since you’ll likely have dozens of boxes to label. Group similar boxes together to make the unpacking easier.
If you plan to relocate your business and do the work yourself, make sure that your employees are fully prepared. There are many different ways to create a strategic moving plan. Another option is to hire a corporate moving service to make the work much easier. Plan the move as early as possible, and get everyone involved in the project.
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.