How to Relocate Your Business without Losing Productivity

Article about How to Relocate Your Business without Losing Productivity

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Nov 8, 2021

Moving your business to some other place or relocating it entirely, even to a different neighborhood, can be an overwhelming experience for many. However, for the sake of productivity, sometimes you have to make a big move.

This could mean relocating your business in the most efficient manner that can only enhance the productivity of your business; however, all you have to do is to make a plan. Now you might be thinking, why make a move in the first place?

It can be a necessity for many businesses to open their business where the demand is more. Imagine opening a store in the suburbs where you can barely get 3 or 4 customers a day. However, if you relocate your business to the city, imagine how many more customers you can get in a day.

So sometimes relocating a business comes out of necessity; otherwise, you will just be losing a lot out on productivity and cutting down on your profit margin. In this article, we have listed down a few tips for you on you can relocate your business without losing productivity.

Phase 1: Planning·

No matter what business decision you are thinking about taking in terms of your business, you need to make a plan. A plan that involves every single thing that might need consideration in this relocation plan

When moving to Asian continents, these are the most moved in places in the year 2021. However, China remains the most moved in the country according to relocate magazine Asia. Now let us see what things you should plan about? Here are a few things you should consider when relocating, whether locally or internationally.

·         First of all, tell your employees

·         Considering all the costs of moving, especially if you are moving abroad and hiring international movers, you would need to figure out you can probably take all your employees with you and will have to get a local employee from the place you move to.

·         Encourage employees to share their thoughts and concerns

·         Be vocal about when the move is expected, be it to just to another street corner.

·         Take need of any hindrances that might come in the way, and always have a backup plan

·         Have an operational, as well as a very well thought out financial plan ready

·         You need to plan the activities for the day of the move as well

·         Have a visual inventory of things

·         A spreadsheet of inventory will help you make the big move.

Phase 2: Timing

Timing is important to make sure that the plan of the move is executed perfectly. Now let us see what element should one consider when it comes to timing;

·         Use the weekend to do the relocation, so your work weekdays are not disrupted.

·         Also, make sure that the relocation does not affect your daily operations.

·         If having free time for relocation measures is tough, then do it after hours.

·         Dedicate a few after-hours to imagine how you are going to practically relocate the business and assess repercussions as well

Phase 3: Execution of the Plan

When you think you have done enough planning and your company, including every single employee, is ready to make a move. The following are a few steps for you to keep in mind;

·         The first step is to hire an international mover just in case you are crossing borders.

·         In case you move in local and just to another neighborhood, you would still need a mover, but it won't cost you as much as you anticipated.

·         You must be able to figure out all the logistics for all the movement

·         You might need to figure out a different company for packaging all your office supplies

·         Start moving all the physical commodities and office supplies that you can do without for the next few days

A bonus tip is to always prepare for contingencies; have a backup at hand for every situation so you don’t get stuck in case something goes wrong. For instance, download find my phone? To help you locate your smartphones if they are lost during the relocation. Similarly, you can put trackers on all your machinery and office equipment so you can them easily if lost.

Phase 4: Keep Your Employees and Customers in the Loop

You need to keep your employees in the loop regarding the move and give them a clear schedule, so they know when to expect what. You don't want an employee coming for work only to see that his desk has been shipped off. Employees should be aware of all movements that might take place and when they should expect it to avoid any confusion and surprises.

Don't only keep your employees but also your customers in the loop regarding where the company is going. Because otherwise, you might lose out on your loyal customers. So, for example, if you have a bakery business, you might want to tell your customer where you are moving to in case they want to buy a cupcake or maybe just order online.

Phase 5: Working Remotely While the Transition is Happening

The big question is what to do when all this moving is happening? The answer is if you don't want your company to suffer losses, you need to keep on working. Just allow your employees to work the week of the big move remotely.

Give them laptops along with all the resources they might need to keep on working while the company is relocating its resources. For example, the availability of the internet across the globe is one of the reasons the world's economy did not crash down in 2021 during the COVID-19.

However, your company needs to have amazing software with collaboration tools that can keep the employees connected and updated about the company's progress.

Now You Are Ready To Relocate Your Business

Relocation of business is not an easy task; it is pretty expensive and time-consuming, so you must weigh out the pros and cons right. Also, you would need to plan out everything just perfectly in a way that you have to cover all aspects of this transition. You need to keep your employees and customers informed.

Next, you need to execute the plan as smoothly as you can so the productivity of the company is not affected, which means enabling remote working for a while. With all these steps, you can make the move of your business as productively as possible but always expect some unforeseen risks and costs as well.


Articles authored by Myrah Abrar