Company Relocation Blunders
Company Relocation Mistakes
Although many people tasked with organising their company relocation try to use their common sense and think that the process is fairly straight-forward, the reality often turns into something quite different. It is often cited that two thirds of people tasked with organising a company relocation leave or get fired after the move.
The main reason for this is that their inexperience of the company relocation process causes them to make avoidable mistakes (which unfortunately turn out to be extremely costly to the business).
This article examines some key blunders that get made time and time again during a company relocation and offers practical tips on how to avoid them.
The most common mistake is to underestimate how long it takes to organise a company relocation. There are a lot of tasks to get through to plan your move properly - and, all too often, this has to happen whilst you continue with your existing workload and day-to-day commitments.
Another problem is that companies think they can cut corners by not hiring external Office Relocation Professionals to help them execute certain tasks. They think they can save money by doing it themselves. However, this only adds to the stress, and can potentially increase the cost of an office move. Always seek professional advice when it comes to making big decisions for your business like choosing office space, negotiating and agreeing the lease, as well as major tasks such as your office design, IT relocation and office removals.
It is also important not to lose focus of the reason behind the relocation. Many companies overlook this, or don't make it clear enough, and this leads them to making the same mistake from their subsequent office space (too small, too big, costly, inadequate facilities etc.).
Poor communication is another blunder that companies make when relocating. And this goes far beyond letting people know you've moved. It's about communicating the decision to move with your staff, keeping them updated and making sure that everyone's on board with buy-in. Read the HR Guide to Moving Office for more guidance on this important matter.
Another mistake is to underestimate the cost of a company relocation, and poor budgeting from the outset. In order to keep costs as low as possible you will need to identify the likely moving costs and manage your budget going forward. Use this Moving Office Budget Template to help you.
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