For many businesses, an office plays a vital role – it’s a place for hosting client meetings, showcasing brand identity and interacting with the team. As businesses evolve, so do their workplace requirements, therefore relocation is often needed to reflect the changing demands of the business. Yet, relocation also provides an exciting opportunity; it allows you to re-think how you operate and offers a chance to shake things up.
We know that moving isn’t easy, so we’ve teamed up with CTD Architectural Tiles to discuss five things you need to consider when relocating your office:
Select an Accessible Location
A central location can be pivotal for driving new business, so when it comes to relocating premises you need to think carefully about where you want to acquire a new space.
You also need to consider the impact moving office will have on your team and think about how the new premises will accommodate staff. Look for a new location with good transport links, so that employees can easily travel to and from work without adding extra time or stress onto their current commute.
When it comes to workplace design, aesthetics can have a huge impact on productivity levels. Certain layouts, for example open plan, can encourage collaboration whereas breakout areas provide tranquil spaces for staff to unwind and de-stress throughout the day.
The interior needs to be fit for purpose and at CTD Architectural Tiles, they offer a range of tiles for commercial specification. The range includes anti-slip floor tiles that provide functionality, without compromising on style; from brick-effect to neutral square designs, the anti-slip tiles are manufactured to withstand heavy footfall and traffic, ideal for busy office environments.
Colour is another design consideration that can have an effect on workflow, look to implement a colour scheme that matches company branding or perhaps opt for a neutral palette to create a calm and minimalist working environment.
Set a Realistic Budget
Perhaps the most important aspect of planning an office relocation is the budget, make sure you can afford to fund the move, whilst allowing for any hidden or unforeseen costs. It’s important to be transparent from the outset, to make sure that if you need to borrow any funds you are in a comfortable position to do so. Before making any decisions, speak with your bank to see what funds are available and always get a second opinion.
Organise the Logistics
When moving day arrives, you want to be in a position where you can relax – with all the logistics organised and taken care of well in advance. Not only will this take away the stress of the day; it will ensure a smooth transition.
It can be beneficial to hire a team of specialists, who can truly help you to understand and get to grips with what is necessary for a successful move. Office Insight works directly with your business to create a workplace strategy that will result in a happy and healthy environment. With close attention to health and safety guidelines and industry knowhow – working with a dedicated relocation service will ensure you stick to your timeline and budget.
Communication is Key
There are a lot of people that need to be kept informed during an office relocation. Moving premises can be unsettling to staff, but with effective internal communication you can reassure and put to bed any uncertainty.
Show employees the benefits and positives to this new change; offer a vision of the future, to share how this move will affect the continuity of the brand.
Start communication early, employees need to be consulted and have time to ask questions and therefore fully understand the situation. Plan an initial consultation and send regular communication to put your staff at ease.