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. Not only are your relocation dollars used wisely, but most cost overages can be prevented by anticipating problems.
Business relocation companies have proven best practices, processes and technology to assist organizations in managing a move. Their industry relationships provide leverage on behalf of the client and save costs – often offsetting the cost of hiring a firm.
One of the most crucial parts of the relocation is the logistical move plan. Relocation firms save you money through competitively bidding for mover and move-related vendor services. Additionally, they can minimize the number of move phases that will result in substantial savings. A good relocation firm will ensure your staff is fully functional in the new space on the first day. The cost of a consultant is small compared to lost productivity and employee downtime.
Customized communication plans will keep staff well informed about the relocation process, their roles and responsibilities, and all aspects of the new space. Business relocation consultants have communication best practices to help your staff experience a smooth relocation, be enthusiastic about the process and get back to work quickly.
You will be amazed at the ease with which the actual relocation takes place on the day of the move. Stress levels, downtime and staff complaints are kept to a minimum. Happy and productive employees make for a happy management team.
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Helen Dennis is the President and co-founder of 300 Decisions, a strategic, full-service business relocation management company specializing in helping organizations transition into new work environments without disrupting business operations.