Moving a business is complicated and costly. You need to plan everything perfectly and anticipate future happenings before you expand your space.
The more your business grows, the more space your team needs. With sustained growth, you will need to move offices so that your employees are comfortable. You will also need to plan for future additions to your team.
Here are some tips to help you when plan your move:
Time your business’ move
A larger space becomes increasingly important as your company undergoes steady growth. However, if you decide to move, you should ask yourself when the right time to do so would be.
The answer becomes “yes” as soon as you begin to experience disorder and distractions. Is there no room to work anymore? Does the location no longer support your employees’ productivity? If the answer to these questions is “yes”, it is time to consider moving.
Be thorough in your planning
Consider changing offices well in advance to have a smooth transition to the new location.
Expect the unexpected. Take your time and consider the company’s and the staff’s needs. Anticipate your growth rate before deciding on the size and location of the new office.
Consider the storage of equipment and the number of new employees you will need in the future.
Think of your employees
Don’t follow the trend, look for the best option for your employees:
Open-spaces may be popular but are they suitable for your team?
How can your company adapt to this change?
What changes do you need to make to create the best possible environment for your employees?
Ask them what they need. Involving everyone who works with you is important, because everyone will have different ideas and demands.
For example, a creative team may request a private room, the human resources may need individual offices, and sales people will want space to welcome clients.
While you won’t be able to meet all of their requirements, asking them will make your employees feel more valued.
Avoid an expensive and long-term lease
Don’t let prestige blind your judgement!
Your profits may have skyrocketed, and you may have hired new employees. That does not mean you have to move to a high-end building, especially if it is just for “the image”.
Choose large spaces
To avoid getting stuck in another small office a short time after your move, always think of extra space.
Even if your team can’t use it all at the moment, you can still rent it before hiring new staff. This saves you the hassle and distraction of finding even more space as you grow.
Train your team to adapt to new environments
A team should be operational regardless of the environment.
Build team spirit in your employees so they always remain productive, no matter where they have to work. It is also always important to arrange your future office a way that will foster team work.
By following these 6 tips, your move will go smoothly and you will not fall behind in terms of productivity. Consider involving your employees for this important moment in your company’s history. Finally, don’t forget to inaugurate your new office by throwing a party!