Information - Guides - Checklists - Contacts

The Office Relocation Planning Website
guiding you through every step of your office move

Click here for USA Office Moves

Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Home > Office Relocation Tips > Moving Office Blog > Moving to Open Plan Offices
Thursday, 15 December 2011

Moving to open plan offices can be a major change in the way in which a company operates. Open plan offices can help encourage team interaction, enhance communication, and has been found to increase overall staff productivity.

Getting your staff used to working in an open plan office can be a real challenge when you move office; not only are they adapting to a brand new workplace, and new space plan, but there's also more noise, distraction and transparency which staff will have to face up to.

On the plus side, a buzzy office environment can motivate staff to work, and for those who are easily distracted they may be put to the test when their managers have greater transparency over how much work actually gets done!

Moving to an open plan office is great for fostering teamwork, and many businesses are now opting to go open plan to encourage team interaction. They are also favourable amongst major companies because they generally allow for better use of space and more people can fit in an open plan office than cellular offices - thus saving on cost per sq. ft. Open plan offices are also beneficial for new recruits, or those less confident members of staff, who need assurance and more mentoring from team leaders and managers.  

When considering your office space plan, remember that incorporating small office suites within the office space for quiet / focused working are a good transition for staff who are not used to working in the open plan. Ensure the office space has smaller collaborative areas where staff can get together and discuss ideas so that the open plan does not get too disruptive.

Communicating your office space plan and layout with your staff prior to moving office is a must.  This will allow them to visualise how things are going to look in the new space so they can dispell any fears or anxieties before the office move takes place.

Find an Office Design Company in your area to help you design your new office space plan and help staff adapt to their new environment. 

For more office space layout ideas, get your FREE copy of the Tenant's Guide to Office Design here.



Document Actions

About Help Moving Office

Wherever you are in the moving office process Help Moving Office has the Information, Checklists & Contacts to help you Plan, Budget & Execute your Office Move successfully.

For our full range of Checklists go to the Resource Centre - or access the most popular ones that are listed below.


Office Relocation Checklist

This free comprehensive Office Relocation Checklist outlines the key tasks that need to happen to make your office move a success.

Office Relocation Checklist

Use it to plan & organise every step of your office relocation.


Moving Office Budget

Control your moving office costs with this free and easy-to-use Moving Office Budget Template.

Moving Office Budget

Identify & manage your moving office costs with the Moving Office Budget.


Moving Office Timetable

The interactive Moving Office Timetable will keep your office relocation on track and ensures everything gets done in its proper time.

Moving Office Timetable

Identify the tasks needed for your office move & know when to do them.