After spending months planning a corporate relocation project, you won’t want anything other than a complete success. Unfortunately, all that hard work in planning a successful transition really comes down to how smoothly things go on the first day during the first hour the staff walks through the door. If the environment is chaotic and overwhelming, things will start out with a negative tone. [...] Read More
A typical business relocation project requires nearly 3,000 hours of planning activities. This time-consuming effort is even more daunting when you consider adding these responsibilities to your already hectic day-to-day schedule. Hiring a business relocation firm is a smart investment as its core business is dedicated to a process most organizations go through only once a decade. [...] Read More
Change in the workplace is becoming more common, frequent and dramatic. More flexibility, technology, organizational structures and generational differences are impacting our work environments. While all of this change may be for the good, there is a level of anxiety surrounding change. At the root of this anxiety is fear; Fear of change. Heidi Grant [...] Read More
Executives and project team members are justifiably concerned with the overall direction, goals and implementation of the actual relocation or facility change. Staff members, however, are concerned with these other aspects such as –
Where do I park?
Where do I sit?
What do I take with me? [...] Read More
According to a Workplace Utilization Study completed by GSA, the management and allocation of workspace is a constant challenge for both public and private organizations. Challenges include meeting functional space needs with limited resources, a need to manage the real estate cost, ever changing organizational directions and technology requirements. [...] Read More
The move team philosophy should recognize that employees must be allies in the move process. No one knows the unique needs of a department better than those who work in it, so it’s essential to establish a team of move coordinators from each area slated to relocate. The move coordinator concept is used as a [...] Read More
The cardinal rule for effectively communicating a business relocation is to be clear, consistent and honest. A solid plan sets the strategy early on. The following are essential recommendations for your communications process:
1. Develop a communication team dedicated solely to the relocation. This team should consist of internal communications, executives in charge of the project, human resources and representatives from the external project team. [...] Read More
Relocations are one of the most complicated projects. Whether you are moving 5,000 sq. ft. or 500,000 sq. ft., there’s a lot of work and detail that goes into a successful end result. Over the years we have documented lessons learned, best practices and sought feedback from clients and our colleagues on the project teams. The following list documents the seven most common pitfalls:
1. Planning – We have Plenty of Time [...] Read More
Planning a business relocation project has a lot of moving parts. When you’re dealing with hundreds of planning decisions, some seemingly simple tasks are bound to get lost in the shuffle. Overlooking these easy-to-address items can cause significant problems for your organization down the line.
Business Relocation: 5 Things to Remember [...] Read More
A survey of CoreNet Global members has revealed that at the beginning of a change program, corporate real estate professionals focus primarily on financial (43 percent) and technical (40 percent) change, rather than on the impact it will have on the people in their organizations.
However, less than a fifth (18 percent) said that they focused on people and resistance management activities as a priority. [...] Read More