Relocate your Office without Losing your Staff
Retaining Staff When Moving Office
If you want to retain your current team and attract new talent, it makes sense to ensure that your staff feel part of the relocation, that they understand the reasons behind it and get regular updates. After all, the last thing you need is to embark on an unnecessary big recruitment drive after you've just undergone a stressful office relocation project.
Staff will undoubtedly be affected by the office relocation, not least their journey to and from will be affected, and adjusting the new environment may take a little time. Businesses need to be considerate about the personal affect an office relocation may have on its staff, and the key here is to maintain communication throughout the process, and be as flexible as possible in accommodating their concerns and the transition to a new working environment.
Here are some tips to ensure your office relocation goes smoothly as far as relocating your staff are concerned:
- Keep Communicating throughout the Move
Announce your office relocation to staff as early as possible, and avoid them hearing about the move from other sources - as this only leads to rumours and false information being spread. Communicating with employees on a regular basis about the move is key to keep them in the loop and to ensure that hear-say is kept to a minimum.
- New Office Location
Let your staff know where the new office will be situated and provide information about transport links or parking facilities to help staff plan their new journey into work. Be aware of those staff whose commute will be significantly longer, or those who have childcare issues to consider. Let them know their commuting options, and be flexible with those staff who will be most affected.
- Identify & Promote the Positives
Make sure you give clear, consistent and positive messages to staff about the move. Even if your business is moving to a smaller, cheaper office - there are bound to be benefits that the new office will bring. A new working environment is said to motivate and increase productivity for staff anyway!
- Make the Transition Easier
Create an Information Pack about the new neighborhood and give this to staff on the first day. Staff may their favorite eateries and coffee shops in the existing location, so to help with the transition, create a list of local businesses that are in the new neighborhood, including restaurants, cafes, gyms, day care centers, dry cleaners and grocery stores.
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