Office Relocation: available options
If your company is moving offices to a location that is further away from where you live, it could present problems for you. But there are always options to get around the situation. It is important to assess your situation thoroughly and work out how best you can continue to perform your job successfully in the right environment.
When companies decide to relocate offices, all employees should be informed about the new location and reasons behind the move. They should provide plenty of advance warning and be able to talk openly about how or if the office move will affect your current position. Check your employment contracts for the inclusion of a "mobility clause" which means that the company has right to relocate the business within reasonable distance and adequate notice.
If you are concerned about office relocation, and how it might affect your commute and family circumstances, there are plenty of options open to you to enable you to continue to perform your current role to the best of your ability.
Striking up a balance between working from home and making regular visits to your new office could be the answer you are looking for. In an age where the internet is key to the success of any business, and is at most people’s fingertips 24 hours a day, companies are becoming more open to employees choosing to work from home. Working from home may prove beneficial, providing you have an appropriate office space and a link to the internet. It will also help you save money on commuting costs.
Web conferencing has become increasingly popular in recent years and the technology which is currently used is more advanced than ever. Companies are now using web conferencing software which enables employees to speak with other employees as if they were in the same room. Thanks to sophisticated video and sound technology, you can feel integrated with your colleagues even if you do not see them as regularly as you did before.
If your company is moving offices to somewhere further afield, and you are required to remain in the office at all times, you could save some money by arranging to share your commute with colleagues. There will no doubt be other employees who find themselves in the same situation as you, so it is worth getting in touch with people to see if you can organise a car share system.
For further advice on the employment legal issues surrounding an office relocation, download the Moving Office Employment Guide.
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