Business Relocation Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful
If you have ever moved, you know that it is stress-filled. Consider moving a business, and you will see that this stress level can be increased a hundred-fold with all the different pieces involved. From equipment to systems to supplies to furniture and more, there are so many different pieces that go into a move of this magnitude. It doesn’t have to be chaotic and stressful, however. By planning and creating a timeline you can stick with, you take some of the stress out of the process and make sure the move is done as smoothly as possible.
Make a List
Nothing gets you organized like a list. Write down all the many details that you need to take care of and rate them by priority. You will be continually adding to this list as time gets closer to the moving day, so keep it handy. This allows you to see what you can delegate as well. A team approach is the best one to moving a business, since there are so many different things to be moved and relocated. From electronic equipment to furniture to office supplies to the equipment you use to create your product, there are a variety of pieces in your move, so think it out carefully.
One of the best ways to reduce your stress is to delegate. If it is a more massive move, you want to separate the areas of your business and appoint a leader or use the department manager over each area. This will narrow down the people you need to communicate with immensely. Conduct regular meetings with this team and give them tasks to accomplish with their team. This takes some of the stress off you and allows for everyone to feel as if they are part of the move. A professional commercial moving company can be a necessity for a larger move and can be an integral part of the process.
Check and Recheck Your List
Once you get within a month of the move, you want to be sure that you are checking and rechecking your list. From confirming the move with your moving company to evaluating the layout of the new space, you want to be sure that everything is lined up for moving. Check with your specialized contractors that are setting up your network and phone lines as well to be sure that everyone is on the same schedule as you and ready to move. By setting up these details beforehand, you will save yourself a headache during and after the move.
Create a Command Center On-Site at the New Location
By having a place for employees and movers to go with moving questions, you can decrease the demand upon you. Use your team leaders for this, as well as other trusted employees. Take the time before the move to let them get acclimated to the new space and see where everything will be laid out. This team will be invaluable during your move, as they are the buffer between you and them. They can make a list of needs, and they can be taken care of by contractors all in one job, rather than calling out contractors dozens of times for different jobs.
Relocating a business can send your stress level and blood pressure skyrocketing, but by following these tips, you can decrease your stress. You will also ensure your business is back to normal in no time. Don’t try to do it all yourself. Find a group of people you can delegate to, and you will calm the chaos for you and your business.
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