Maintaining Staff Morale during an Office Move
Your business is only as good as its people, and how you manage your people during an office move can have a major impact on their productivity and morale. It will also influence how quickly your staff settle in and adapt to your new office. Help Moving Office looks at some tips to implement in the early stages of an office move as well as post-move ideas to keep your employees motivated.
The way in which you communicate the move to staff is often a bearing on how they will feel about the whole thing. Announce the move early and explain the reasons behind the move. If you are downsizing to smaller offices or even one of similar size, it’s easy for staff to interpret that as a negative. There are always positives to be had - and a new environment can often provide the productivity boost your business needs and help improve communication and interaction amongst the team.
A new office is a great opportunity to start afresh and introduce new processes and precedents that will make your company a happier and more efficient place to work. Consider little perks and incentives in the new office such as free soft drinks, tea and coffee, or cocktail hour at 5pm on a Friday. All these perks help to incentivise staff, encourage teamwork and also help attract new talent to your organisation.
The mood in your new office can have an impact on productivity so it’s important that you enlist simple yet creative designs that are going to keep the mood positive and functional at the same time. Introduce bright colours and visually celebrate your brand and all that it’s achieved on a screen or on walls to help create a company feel-good factor.
Get input from an Office Fit-Out Company to find out the best way of implementing these in the space you have available. At the end of the day, it’s all about keeping employees engaged, and you can create initiatives to keep your staff involved in the process; let them have their say and ask them to put forward their ideas about how the new office is designed and laid out to make them feel that their opinions are valued.
For more ideas and tips on managing your staff through the office relocation process. Download the free HR Guide to Moving Office.
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