Moving Office: Things to Consider from a HR Perspective
HR Considerations when Moving Office
One of the main contributers to the success of an office move is clear communication and effective support for staff throughout the entire office relocation process.
If your company has a HR Team, make sure they have a voice at the table when it comes to the planning of your office move and how your company is going to break the news to staff. Decide on how you are going to communicate the office move to staff. Staff should be at the heart of your relocation plans; they need to be informed early on in the process about the move and how it is going to affect them.
Remember that change can be unsettling, and your aim will be to make this period of transition as smooth and seamless as possible. Poor communication can lead to low staff morale, negativity and a grumpy workforce, so the key here is to manage change by communicating regularly and provide as much information as possible.
Write a positive vision of the organizations future, and assess the problems, challenges and opportunities that the new office might bring. Communicate this vision to all those who will be affected by the change.
Nurture a sense of teamwork and involve staff with decisions about the layout, design and build out of the office. This will help to get "buy-in" from individuals and create an all round positive vibe about what the relocation might bring for the business and staff.
After the office move, remember to check your employee contracts and ensure that the change in new location is correctly reflected in their new contracts, and consult with a Real Estate Lawyer on any employment law issues you are unsure about.
For more guidance on how to handle the office move properly as far as your staff are concerned, download the FREE HR Guide to Moving Office.
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