Planning a relocation project is a time-consuming effort — especially when added to your already hectic day-to-day schedule. A typical business relocation project involves about an extra 2,800 hours of additional activities.
The core business of a dedicated business relocation firm is to manage a process most organizations go through only once a decade. Business relocation companies have proven best practices, processes and technology to assist organizations in managing a move. Their industry relationships can provide leverage on behalf of the client and save costs – often offsetting the cost of hiring a firm. Not only are your relocation dollars used wisely, but most cost overages can be prevented by anticipating problems.
It is the job of a business relocation consultant to ensure your staff is fully functional in their new space on day one. The cost of a consultant is small compared to lost productivity and employee downtime.
Relocation firms save you money through competitively bidding for mover and move-related vendor services. The expertise and advise on furniture re-use solutions or assistance in minimizing the number of move phases can result in substantial cost savings.
You want your staff to experience a smooth relocation, to be enthusiastic about the process and to get back to work quickly. Business relocation consultants can customize a communication plan to keep staff well informed about the relocation process, their roles and responsibilities, and all aspects of the new space.
When the actual move day arrives, you will be amazed at the ease with which the actual relocation takes place. Stress levels, downtime and staff complaints are kept to a minimum. This makes for happy employees – and better yet – a REALLY 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.