It seems like once all the removalists are gone and everything is set up that there’s still a lot left to do. Even though you’re still in Sydney, because you’re in a new location, there’s a lot to relearn in terms of where everything is and how everything is placed. We’ll love for you to get on with business, so here are a few tips to help you get back to work as soon as possible!
Have a Move-in Phase
Give your staff a break for the first one or two days when they’ve moved in to get settled in and figure out where things are. It takes a little while to get used to new layouts and just being in a new environment can be quite confusing at first. Some people are going to be grouchy in the morning when they can’t find where the pantry has gotten to and when they don’t get their coffee, productivity may go down! But of course set expectations so that people don’t take advantage of the move to slack off!
Implement Other Changes
When a business moves, the new environment and new scenarios can be a wonderful opportunity for business owners to implement other changes in the business that may be procedural or just a simple matter of scheduling. Discipline and company rules can be reemphasized and other chain of command rules can also be put into place in the new location. It is also a good idea to just reinforce the existing rules too now that there’s a new office to take care of!
Create a Directory
Find out all of the new room numbers and telephone numbers and create a directory of sorts so that your staff don’t have to waste time searching for where somebody is seated or where the new HR department is located. This directory will definitely help any new-comers to the business too and would be good to include inside a starter kit.
After a week or two, you may want to speak with your employees to see how they are adapting to the new location. Perhaps whether any procedures need to be changed or improved since things have become different in the entirety. If there are any logistics issues or problems with where things are located, the best way to find out is to ask the people on the floor what they think! This will also show your employees how much you value their opinion too.
Transition periods may be challenging for you and especially when an office removal affects the productivity and profits of your company. But remember why you had the office removalists come and get your things to move into this glorious new office of yours. Remember the plans and the ideas you had for this new location and take things one step at a time. Before you know it, things will be back to usual and probably even better than before!